Just a year ago, I took a long leave after 5 years with Street Nurses, in order to take distance, question one's professional commitment and avoid a burnout.
This week we have done a “team exchange”. This means that I, who am usually inactive in street work, have joined the “housing” team.
The need to get out of it
Today I accompanied Mr J to the hospital for his pre-admission interview. It’s now almost two years that I have known him. This morning he is nervous but not less determined to stop his excessive drinking habit.
How did those people end up homeless?
Talking about my job helping people experiencing ‘homelessness’ prompts many responses.
Somewhere quiet, free from annoying neighbours
Mr. N.* is middle-aged. He is at an age where one laughs at one’s past life and starts to dread the inevitability of the future. Mr N. talks about the looming ‘deadline’, but with humour, and with a sardonic smile at the one certain thing that awaits us all.
Mister V. and his room mates
Mr V.* is a patient we have been following for several years, first in the street, then in housing. He is a very charming gentleman, with his heart on his hand.
Breaking the routine of many years
Mr. G.*, he is a patient who touches me very much. He reminds me a little of my grandfather, among other things because he is elderly.
I could tell you...
Today, I would like to tell you a part of Mr. J*’s story. So much could be said. I could tell you what a complex and confusing man he is. Exhausting at times.
Mrs. V. has an apartment!
Today, Mrs. V.* has moved into an apartment!
Quite an adventure! After two failed attempts, here we are.
A quick word to Mr. B.
We have known you since 2006, but you still amaze us, despite all the hardships that life asks you to overcome.
Mr S and his (future) four-legged friend
A few years ago, when Mr S* still lived on the streets, his beloved dog Max was stolen. This was really a hard blow for him.
Mr L, nice but annoying
Mr L* has been living in an accommodation for a few years.
I know him very well because I was his first contact point for more than a year.