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Loved the work, and the clients. The work culture, atmosphere, and management not so much. Really depends where you work as each location is very different.
A typical day to day work can be overwhelming due to the population serve at Fred Victor and on occasions under staffing is a mayor issue. I learned several things worker at Fred Victor such as, the ability to understand how trans gender individuals present themselves, the difference in residential settings from the drop-in settings. How to relate to alcohol addiction, drug addiction homelessness just to name a few. For the first few years working in FV the management was very understanding, empathetic with both workers and the individual. But the second management was very narrow minded. The culture was of mixture o all races which, was excellent. The most enjoyable part of my work was helping the ladies that comes into the drop-in and working with my colleges and the community..
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My experience since working at Fred Victor has surpassed my expectations. The site I work out of Mon-Fri is amazing beyond words. Level of support from management and colleagues is undeniably astounding which allows myself to be more productive in my day to encounters with the community I serve and when there are issues that you’ve never experienced you can always count that a colleague has already dealt with the same situation and is able to provide direction. Across the board organization wise our sole purpose is to ensure everyone has the ability to access housing and support them to maintain their housing. One day at a time and one person at at time we are assisting to end homelessness.
Supportive Team Environment
fred victor has many programs, from court support, shelters, housing, employment as well as community support. each program has its skills, challenges and happiness. part of a union, some managers are awesome others not so much. overall its an enjoyable work environment. it can be challenging working with clients and the community; your personality will make a huge difference on how you relate to clients, community and staff. the team I am currently on is the best, manager is awesome, coworkers are fabulous and the clients/community are pleasant.
The Fred Victor Emergency Respite was very poorly managed, with supervisors showing little regard for either frontline staff or residents of the shelter. Training was non-existent, front-line staff were expected to work without formal contracts and ever-extending "contract end dates" made for a culture of fear and little-to-no job security.
12 hour shifts, daily violence with poorly trained security
Fred Victor does a lot of work to assist people who are the most vulnerable in the community. It is a fast paced environment in the community programs and housing - hard work but very rewarding if one is into social justice work.
Provided supportive counsel for female women who were homeless, abused, suffered mental illness, new immigrants and few refugees, Cooked, handled medication, did administrative work such as write-up reports, faxed, intake and discharge. Co-workers were a good team. The hardest part was providing crisis management when physical fights broke out. Most enjoyable was seeing a client progressed from level to a higher.
The shelter was near to where I lived, so never had to take transporation.
Not being able to make a bigger difference in the shelter system
To be honest, I think my job is very easy. Maybe it is my personality reason. I am a detailed-oriented and accurate person with strong logical thinking, so I never make errors in my role. I enjoy working here but want to leave because there is no room to grow up in the institution. Now I have almost completed the CGA program study and am expecting that my career will also move ahead.