Welfare Intake Interviews – Elena Initial Intake

Welfare Intake Interviews – Elena Initial Intake


good morning Elena my name’s Sarah and I’ll be your caseworker so we’re
gonna be working together for a little while creating a plan for you and and I want to really thank you for
going to the orientation so they forwarded me that applications
that you filled out and the my self assessment and we’ll be going through that together
and looking at what would make sense what kind of activities we might put on
a plan and so I think the first thing says that your kids are in school which is excellent and you’re living with your
grandmother right? Okay so tell me a little bit about
how that’s been going for you and and
what brings you in now. Well she raised me and so its familiar but she’s really strict. She’s really old-fashioned and I feel
like I’m not on my own. I feel like I’m back
living I mean I am back with her but
yeah. Sometimes, well sometimes a grandma was kinda
jumping in trying to be the mom for your kids and that’s tough. Yeah, and I’m feeling I can’t overrule her. We live, we live differently. Right. She’s helping us out so I don’t know. Well, all the time that you were living with the kids dad she was not in the picture and
you’re really running the household so it’s a tough adjustment so and I also really want to say that I think
it’s fabulous that you found a place you know when he left you know and you’re kind of stuck and on your own and you found a place and that your kids are in school and
they seem to be doing well. That’s all really an accomplishment and
I hope you give yourself credit for doing so well with that. So I think it’s great that the kids are
in school that will leave you some time freed up to kinda explore other things
and what do you think what would be interesting for you right now and what do you wanna do? I wanna get a job
hmm so I can start to support my own family uh huh yeah, and move out of grandmas. So I saw in the application that you’ve been or worked as a waitress and a housekeeper um hmm and so what did you like about those jobs? Umm as a waitress I liked working with
people the people that I worked with and the people I met. But as a housekeeper really liked the
independence and being able to you know make my own hours and not having a boss. Yeah, there’s some advantages to that alright.
Yeah. So sounds like you you do pretty well
working with other people and them that’s a real skill not
everybody has so that’s something we want to keep in
mind if you know looking at possible new directions for you and the other
thing I noticed in your on applications that you you finish 10th
grade is that right? Yes. Okay so how is school for you? It was okay I mean I’m really wasn’t interested
in at the time yeah yeah well and sometimes going back to school feels different when you’re a little bit
older often does in people leave school and
it’s like okay I’m done with that and having a GED can make a big
difference and the kinda jobs that your eligible for so often times my clients who have
finished 10th grade if they did pretty well in school they can go in and and take the GED
tests almost immediately with not you know a
lot of preparation. Maybe some here and there especially
Math or the things that you needed some sorter refresher work on and that some I think it would be really
worth exploring okay now yeah yeah I know I need to get it, I just haven’t yeah okay so what we can do is umm we’ll work on making a plan that
includes some time for going to GED and doing some work search and and I’m kinda wondering how are you
coping with all this change and your baby’s dad leaving town. How are you feeling these days? Hmm not real great. I have trouble sleeping and I just feel kinda hopeless but I get up every day because I have to.
Yeah and yeah, you know i try to pretend I’m
OK for the kids but it’s hard. Yeah, it’s a lot to change
that you’ve been through and especially feeling maybe like going
backwards a little bit here and I’m back at grandma’s house and… So one of the things I want to offer you is that
we do have mental health counseling available and and they do some support groups for young moms and there’s a variety of
options that might help with that and I think actually if you got your GED and started working, that feeling of
accomplishment would make a big difference. Yeah, so that’s
something that we want to talk about and umm see you what you want to do and at least have an opportunity to talk
to the know-how specialist and and just explore if that’s something
that you wanna participate in. It is free, and we can pay
for child care where your kids go, and it really be confidential. The things you talked about would be
between your therapist. We don’t really need to know that. So okay
sometimes those are concerns that people have
sometimes. So, so let’s figure out a plan for like the next
couple weeks and then we’ll get back together and work further on this okay? Okay. Alright, thanks.

Daniel Yohans

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