Some things You Should NEVER DO if you work in a drop-in lol
Practical Lessons In Survival I was so naive.....
There are some very important things you need to learn very quickly if you want to survive working in a drop-in for street people. Man, was I christened within the first few days . Looking back, it really is quite funny to me how naive I was then. Didn't take me long to wise up some. It was a matter of survival, mine and theirs.
First, and this is a definate NO-NO. Do not empty the ashtrays. Well it seemed to me that if they had butts in them, I should clean up some and empty them. Makes sense eh? NOT!!! Well , my first day I was going around cleaning up and I couldn't figure out why I was getting some "looks". Not to mention some rather rude comments. I won't go into too much detail, but it is good I have a thick skin at times. Then all of a sudden, like a light bulb, I get it. People want those butts. They want to collect them, empty them and make themselves a new butt to smoke. Oh yea, okay, got it now guys. Stop giving me the evil eye okay....I'm learning!!!
Second, don't put sugar out with the coffee !!! Never, ever do this. Do any of you have any idea why this is???? Well I'm making a new pot of coffee. (large pot, 50 cups worth) and I'm making two of them. So I put the milk out, and a nice big bowl of sugar. Silly me!! Well here comes this guy to get a coffee. Next thing I know he takes the sugar bowl and starts pouring it in his mouth. Well I'm thinking "what the ----??" why does he want to eat all that sugar? Seems when people are coming down from a really good "high" they CRAVE SUGAR. Helps them feel more "normal". Man am I learning some" stuff" here. So what I have to do is mix the sugar in the milk, or else it will not survive.
Oh and another lesson, this is important....One day a man had a seizure and hit his head. It left quite the nasty cut. So the visiting nurse guy, who happens to be there, sends someone to get rubbing alcohol for the cut. I give it to him, just not thinking. He proceeds to open the bottle and chug it down. Drank the whole bottle. After they have a shower, don't give them the after shave either, or they will drink that too.
Oh, and lastly I needed lessons on what to tell a young man following me around, who looked like Jesus, and was asking me every few minutes when we could have sex.....No lessons for this before I was hired....lol. But I would do it all again in a heartbeat. And the end of the month, when people get their checks, pure insanity. Whatever addiction they may have, there are some who will use that check to feed their drug of choice. Well I'll tell you about a day at the end of the month some other time.
Talking about coffee, I am going to go make a nice French Vanilla coffee. Yum..