Highly stressful environment, work with difficult and often violent populations. Challenging though can be rewarding!
Social Services Specialist I (case Manager) (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – August 17, 2017
The situation that creates so many poor and disadvantaged citizens is the HUGE disparity of wealth in this country! So, an "under-class" of minimally paid workers and or growing numbers of unemployed workers, with little to no health insurance equals severe poverty, poor health, crime, alcohol, drugs, etc.
There is no safety net!
The wealthy take a disproportionate share of the resources in terms of salaries, benefits, tax shelters, etc. Jobs, health benefits, and then housing and other resources disappear for lower wage workers.
This is why the jobs are so stressful. There are so many people in need, they exist in the worst poverty, have difficult mental and physical health care needs but they do not get their needs met.
The situation is difficult for state workers because in our current culture, the real life needs of people; housing, health care, food, safety, etc., are not a priority! So, the state comes into the picture ONLY when it becomes (almost) an unmanageable crisis!
That is too late!
Children and other vulnerable populations can get help if they know where to go.
The situation is out of control! People are living and dying in the streets!