I’ve completed my 13th day at El Futuro, like with a newborn baby my time here is still so new that I’m counting it in days – so the countdown now will be weeks, soon it will be months…
I feel full, which is understandable as I would describe my time so far as the “sponge” phase. I’ve been soaking up information in a steady flow. In addition, I’ve learned new IT skills there is no “help desk” here. I’ve entered the world of Google: Gmail, Google Docs and Google Drive, all available free of charge and thus very useful in the non-profit world.
I have also been discovering more about my new work neighborhood. I am located at the nexus of sweet treats – ice cream, cupcakes and baked goods of all sorts are within steps of my new office. Thus far I have limited my purchases to a daily cup of coffee and continue, as is my habit, to pack my lunch and bring it from home. I know it is a “slippery slope”, once I taste the brownies they bake next door (I’ve heard they are delicious) I’ll be done for.
Today I attended my first all-staff meeting (a monthly occurrence) in Carrboro, NC the second of the three offices where patients are seen. I was tremendously moved by the “Celebrations” shared by the therapists at the end of our meeting — putting the “patient first” is a direct and sometimes overwhelming factor in the work they do. The underserved Latino population who comes seeking mental health and substance abuse counseling have often experienced first-hand trauma and abuse as part of their immigration journey. I feel privileged to have a small role for these next few months in contributing to El Futuro’s mission.
* quote by William Bruce Cameron (Sociologist)