Team AWESOME-Sauce says:
April 16, 2017
5K Run/Walk 805 Wilderness Run Road in Eagan, MN Start time: 9 AM Registration 8-8:45
My journey into mental health case management began with many good intentions and I knew it would be a tough. Tough choices, tough deadlines, tough neighborhoods, and yes, tough clients. Choices that could make or break someone's day and maybe even someone's life. Deadlines of all varieties; call backs, case notes, and goal plans. Working in neighborhoods that sometimes makes my family worry. As for the clients, they are tough too! Far tougher than I will ever be on my best day ever as a case manager.
Whenever I find myself feeling exceptionally tired and ready to complain about my day-did I mention the paperwork deadlines? I remember at the end of the day I have a stable roof over my head and a bed to sleep in. I have food in my fridge, a dog to snuggle with, and a family that loves me. And although my wage isn't exceptionally high, during the holidays I can rest easy knowing that Santa will have visited leaving toys and goodies for my family. My career reminds me just how easy it is to take these things for granted.
A few years back a woman's son was receiving services from Mental Health Resources (MHR), the company work for. She wanted to give something back as a thank you to the staff that were helping her child. Since we are unable to accept gifts, she put together holiday gift baskets. The first year there were 10 baskets. Over the years funds grew and because of donators like you that number grew to 1,800 baskets last season.
I got to play a tiny part in the process, and the best part. I was honored to select 16 of my nearly 30 clients to give a gift basket to. I got to deliver them. I got to hear the thank yous, see the smiles, and the tears. I got to watch them enjoy the goodies inside. I also saw the relief in the parent's eyes when they knew their child would have at least one thing for the holidays. It was so beautiful and often times I cried right along with them. There was only one part that was terrible.... picking just 16 people of the 30 or so that I get to work with.
So, I am playing a bigger part in the process now. I want ALL the people we work with to get a basket, not just a few of them. I want at least 30 chances to cry next holiday season... and you guys know I am definitely NOT a crier. So who wants to make me cry?!
In all seriousness, I knew that my career in mental health would be tough. It may not be the most glamorous and it definitely takes up most of my time and energy. It impacts my friendships and sometimes takes time away from my family. Some days it leaves me wondering if I even make a difference at all and other days I go home knowing that I might have saved a life that day. I could work elsewhere and make much more I’m sure but there is so much more than money that’s worth working for. Through thick and thin, I wade through it with my colleagues. I’m not in it for the income- I am in it for the outcome. If you are able to walk with me (or run if you are so inclined) please register and contact me for more details. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to sponsor myself and my team. Thank you everyone <3 Be well <3