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Barriers vs. Behaviors and the Homeless Population

I sat in the meeting with case workers and social workers of homeless clients and desperately wanted to bang my head on the table.  The cause of my distress was the word "barriers".  Granted, many homeless clients face serious barriers.  But the way the word barriers was being used during the meeting was indicative of the inappropriate and ineffective ways the social services system approaches problems.

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On Helping Others: "Give a Man a Fish..."

"...and he eats for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime."

  Sometimes, those of us working in the helping fields forget this.  A client pulls our heartstrings and we jump in to "save" them.  Now please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that helping people is wrong.  It's not.  But there's a way to help people that is for them.  And there is a way to help people that is more about you.  It's important to know the difference.

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