It's really easy to get bogged down by negativity and frustration in this line of work. Sometimes you just can't help but feel that recovery is impossibly slow, and "the system" is nothing but a big nasty mess serving only to keep people down. It doesn't help when all over the news there are stories of families who lock their mother suffering with dementia in the garage, and Community Housing Corporations with big spending problems.
This is why it is so important to celebrate the successes. Even the small stuff.
Yesterday a client of mine officially received a Regional rent subsidy on her apartment (not from the troubled TCHC). This is the first client I have even been working with that I have seen come to the top of the list! She had been waiting for 14 years. Despite all the paperwork (which this client in particular has zero patience for) she was very excited, as was I.
Next week we're going to Roll up the Rim to celebrate.