Hey friends! If you’ve read my last blog post, you would know that I very briefly mentioned that I’m now working full time at a job that I love, however, tends to get a tad bit draining sometimes. I realized that I’ve never gone into too much detail when speaking about my job, so for today’s post I thought I could share a little bit about what I do.
For the sake of privacy, I will not be disclosing the name of my workplace but rather refer to it as “The Agency”.
Let’s get into it…
I work at an agency that works with both men and women who are in need of services to help them successfully reintegrate back into society. The Agency primarily works with individuals who are at risk or are involved in conflict with the law, however, The Agency provides numerous programs and services for those who are just in need of extra support in their daily lives. The workers at The Agency are trained to offer support, coping strategies and opportunities in a diverse, inclusive and non-judgmental environment, assuring that the clients are on their way to becoming productive and empowered individuals.
The Agency provides a number of programs and services for both youth and adults, ranging from one-on-one counselling to group facilitation to community service support. As The Agency firmly believes in prevention, support, reintegration and advocacy, all of our programs are categorized under one of these umbrella values, which in turn helps the clients learn about the importance of each. The Agency’s programs are designed to assist clients in a number of ways, some being: taking responsibility for their own lives, having respect for themselves and others, and possessing pro-social values and problem-solving skills.
So what do I do?
I work one-on-one with girls between the ages of 12 and 24 who have been involved in, are still involved in, or are vulnerable to sexual exploitation. As a caseworker, I strive to provide a mentoring relationship to my clients and encourage them to make safe and healthy decisions. A big part of the role I play is offering support to my clients in a variety of ways, including finding housing, future education plans, applying for jobs, accessing medical care, providing counselling, dealing with substance use, etc.
As I’ve said, most of the girls I work with are involved in sexual exploitation in some way, shape or form. Well, what does that mean? Unfortunately, a lot of the time sexual exploitation refers to human trafficking. For those of you that don’t know, human trafficking refers to “the illegal recruitment and action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labor or sexual exploitation.” As human trafficking rates have been on the rise, more people are becoming aware of this devastating matter.
I could go on forever talking about the statistics and different aspects of human trafficking, after all, I love raising awareness for the topics that I’m passionate about, but at this very moment, I’d rather focus on the positives of my job.
Why I love my job…
I have always been passionate about helping others, that’s why I went into the field of social work. I love to learn about the different tools and techniques that can help someone fight their battle. I’m not going to lie, there are many challenges that come with working in a job like this. Oftentimes I come home and just want to lay down and not talk to anyone because I’m so drained from my day with clients, but that’s normal! If I didn’t feel like I was being challenged, then we might have a problem. But as difficult as this job can get, I’m grateful for the girls I’ve met and the things I’ve learned. This role has already taught me that not every minute is sunshine and rainbows. If it takes me being cranky at the end of the day to be someone’s guiding light in a time where they thought there was no hope, it’s totally worth it.
I truly could talk about this for a long time because it’s so close to my heart…but that’s for another post. So I hope you enjoyed reading about my job and the amazing work The Agency does. If you have any specific questions about The Agency or my position, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller