Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tough Times

Well, blog-friends. It would seem that no one is recession-proof these days. Due to a lack of funds and some union business that I am not at liberty to discuss, the job that I have only had for 3 months will be closing on September 10th. I have less than 2 months to find a new job...and in this economy.

We found out about 2 weeks that we were closing. In case you didn't know, I work in a methadone clinic as a counselor. My clients rely on me to be the listening ear that they likely didn't get for much of their lives and now, we're shutting down because some people decided that they didn't want to do the things necessary to save the hospital...and now these same people, instead of sacrificing a few dollars, won't have a job at all.

Am I worried, most definitely...especially since my boyfriend and I work for the same company and therefore both of us will be out of a job come September. We do have plans, however, and I am back on careerbuilder searching furiously. If worse comes to worst I will be a nanny and work under the table until I can find something more permanent. I know we will be okay but I am more worried about my clients. Who is going to guide them and help them through their quest for sobriety if there are no counselors? Many of them have trust issues and it has taken them almost 3 months to build rapport with me and begin to open up and begin to heal...I really feel like this will be a potential setback for a lot of the clients and it saddens me to think that after finally beginning to make some headway they will have to start all over again.

I will keep you guys posted on my job hunt and this whole situation. We are praying that something can be done to keep the clinic open...what that something will be I am not sure...but only time will tell...


Free P. said...

I am SO sorry about this situation. I believe that everything will work out eventually. Have you ever thought about being a school/teen counseler? Just a thought... Schools are one place that are less likely to downsize b/c pple have more children everyday! Good luck and I wish you the best!

Au Naturale said...

thank you! i have been applying to jobs like crazy and if all else fails I will be professional babysitter/nanny...i have not thought about being a teen counselor but i will definitely look into it!

Naturally Free said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this, keep the faith God is more than able to supply you will all of your needs.. he closes one door to open another one for you. Season's change and with change things are new and even more rewarding. Trust God it says in Ecclesiastes 12:13

Honor God and obey his commands, because this is all people must do.