Consumer Advocacy Work

Although one of my goals is consumer advocacy work for people who have mental illness, I do have other interests, and goals. Another interest of mine is working with people who are homeless. Particularly Outreach. There are homeless outreach programs that I think I would like to work for and also feel I could do well. I think I am able to do this non-traditional type job, as I am a non-traditional person in many ways.

Some people are homeless long term. They may feel isolated from society, ashamed or not good enough. Many have problems finding resources to help them. Many can’t get to the places that can help them. Many may be ill and need medication. These are the people I would like to try to reach. Outreach for the homeless would include many things like distributing much needed supplies such as food, clothing, blankets as well as information for resources in the community.  Another way may be to be a connection to help for them. Talking with them and finding out what keeps them from seeking what they need. Becoming a friendly face and a safe person for them is something I would like to do. It is not for everyone as many may say if they really wanted help they would take it. I want to be a person that will be non-judgmental enough to listen, learn, and find productive ways to help them and also to help them help themselves if possible.

This role is important to consider as it can be a form of trust building. It may be the only thing that finally gets a person the help they need.

Written in June 1, 2015, but never published publicly.