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moving and applications

I am worn out. Plain and simple. This week has been one of preparation and planning, and making sure that the next few weeks will run as smoothly as humanly possible. They won't, but I can try.

We kick things off tomorrow moving furniture at the apartments. I've enlisted my friends from counterculture to help with that, and hopefully we'll have enough bodies to get it done in a timely manner. I went down to our storage unit this morning to assess what has been marked for apartments. A few pieces, but mostly nothing. I am not convinced we have enough beds but maybe they're hiding. The storage unit is a source of frustration for me, as we don't have power there currently, and though stuff is strategically placed in the unit, it may be more difficult to get at some of the pieces that we need. I'm hoping that isn't the case though and I'm hoping that my group of people will band together and get things done tomorrow. We dont' have to move as much stuff as originally intended, but there is still plenty to move. 2 of the 4 apartments are way closer to complete than I had imagined they would be. They just need some random furniture and beds. Lots of beds.

Applications are due the 8th so I've been running background checks, asking people to take drug tests, meeting prospective families, calling reference sources. It is interesting, last year I did all of this but I didn't know what to ask for and was in constant conversation with our case manager and with our director about anything and everything. That hasn't been the case this year, I know how to answer stuff and I know what red flags to look for. Instincts in this job are incredibly important.

We'll have interviews the week after next, I'm trying to pin those times down, and trying to get people's schedules to mesh to do that is rough.

The week after that, we'll have new families and I'll be driving around people, getting them to places, trying to figure out what the families are like, what their issues are and how I can best serve them. I'm really anxious for that part to come. The summer is filled with a lot of prep and office work and very little interaction with people. Though I enjoy that from time to time, I'm ready to meet our new families, to spend time with them and get to know them. That's the best part of my job. To hear stories and begin to create stories with them. I can't imagine my life without our families we've had this past year, from hearing the constant "SUNSHINE!" when they see me, knowing that they trust me and really appreciate that I'm around. It'll be good times to have another group. I'm way beyond excited.
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