They should rename to Mt Shernell in memory of second resident who has passed away in less than a year. Both deaths somewhat a mystery. Shernell came to this house as a frail elderly AfriAm. She'd had a stroke previously and due to limited mobility they placed her on...
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#2055329

You make sure to deny the release of information. The program rules were updated but are backdated to 2011 (apparently).

There is a no sign option to the contract although most residents do sign. They may not be given a full copy. They recently posted a program design/overview. As it is (re)written the social worker has an outsized role that is quite disproportionate.

On every single page social worker/case manager is referred to at least once. Here the social worker/case manager are one same person. I believe she rewrote this for her benefit and to play god. The Senior Program Manager (the figurative supervisor of the case manager/social worker) is mentioned only once!

While ET is assured a full page worth under section for case management. And this completely outsized role of case management fits with her personality. She has morphed into an oppressive authoritarian with a ruthless bulldoggish stare. She asserted recently there is not anything here she does not have the authority to be involved in.

In fact descriptors in the section refer to her as GUIDE, CHALLENGER, SOURCE in capital letters. We are to regard her as support, share our doubts and frustrations, while she has the authority to reprimand, direct our attention, monitor our compliance daily, and remind us of our future. This is pretty much comprehensive including her right to share her concerns for us. In no place does this "Big Sister" refer to herself as a friend (although she would only be an Arnold Friendly type.) I am certain she has re/written the program overview to extricate herself from any contentions.

Everyone living here is merely categorized as "formerly homeless." In reality in my opinion the SW/CM might be using her outsized role for not only minimizing any other staff role, to assure her unquestionable authority, but to augment her oppressive agenda. So she is like playing god over us lately after all, doesnt the program design authorize her to fulfill that?

She has lasted through 3 other senior program directors and we our on our fourth in 2 years. If one questions why there is overt favoritism, covert activities, secret verbal agreements, allowances of targeting "nonentities": she_esbe all over and giving out the avil eyes.

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#2408043 Review #2408043 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Catholic Charities Dc Customer Care
Pros
  • Transition
  • Work program
  • Church
Cons
  • Uncaring
  • Superficial
  • Opportunist
Loss
$28
Preferred solution
Social workers who are not *** after fancy job titles
A lady passed away a month ago and it was kind of Covid related because since March we have been on lockdown. Its hard to address issues as a group with no group meetings. There are new residents who feel or act orphaned because they need direct support. The LCSW has...
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#1923657

If SW doesnt want to address issues or sweep them under rug thats kind of superficial. Its like rushing to get the house on zoom video conferencing.

How secure is zoom. I bet just like Fb its insecure. What we say will become their creative content just like how Fb reuses photos.

It would be much easier and safer to hold ftf meetings in small groups. There are other ways to prove you are becoming more technologically proficient such as subscribing to less trashy trade magazines and instead to quality magazines like popular science, national geographic, CS monitor, smithsonian, faith, mary knoll, catholic digest, magnificat, sew news etc.

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#2160906 Review #2160906 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Washington, District Of Columbia
Pros
  • Customer care
  • Church
  • Transition
Cons
  • Covd19
  • Loud and confused
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution
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The SW is okay. It has taken 2+ years to get used. One of the worst left. They let me change to a nicer room. You just learn to keep to yourself. Theres only one illicit worker really but she shares what she gets to keep. The ladies have some mental but they dont steal...
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#1894800

My car was just stolen, does CarMax have trackers in cars for this???

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#1884644 Review #1884644 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Washington, District Of Columbia
Pros
  • Work program
  • Church
  • Customer care
Cons
  • Covd19
  • Poor people
  • Excons
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution

Intolerable environment

This is supposed to be permanent supportive housing but they run it like a *** hole. All the signs of resident evil is here: arrogance, aggression, intolerance, impatience, impulsitivity, gossip, hate, anger, bullying. The staff fan the flames of evil and hate. The idea resident is totally medicated, wears a bathgown all day, watches tv bet, originally from congo. If you are a normal college educated unless you are congolese in origin you will deal with a lot of stress living here. They do everything to try to take you down instill fear and make your stay miserable. ***
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#1797764

Lately I am making a great effort to contextualize the behaviours in terms of psychosocial challenges. For instance schizo affective diagnosis doesnt occur in children but emerges in adulthood.

Maybe its related to years of taking other medications for adhd. Also many homeless or formerly homeless cant or wont take their meds routinely. Schizos have flattened emotions. So if you are seen as a threat to their worldview they will always see you as a threat or aggregate with others who do.

Gosh knows we have enough of that with normal egotistical hater types. But the problem is one frequently identify mild schizophrenia schizophrenia affective from other diagnosis. I feel better understanding this but the SWs here refuse to tell their clients (or anyone else) what another might have. SW is mad at me too because I wont allow her to text me on my phone.

She insinuates all kinds of things in her messages like what is my right number, needing this and that from me, always needling and head trip. I have the right to refuse to text back! She does not have the authority or right to force me to text with her! Especially if these are being used to bait me emotionally!

Ok I know the difference from a twisted text from a brief, courteous, warm, message. I receive them from work and its all right. But the problem is I told the SW about this work arrangement and now SHE wants to use it. The head game being: "I can monitor you day and night.

I am in charge of your life." Just like an overseer. This woman ET really has a talent for using just about every scrap of info you furnish her against you somehow. Like a gaslighter she seems charming and receptive but she really likes to manipulate and push clients buttons. That is to promote resident turnover since there are thousands of homeless people.

I think she might qualify to work at NIH or a federal penitentiary where she can interrogate prisoners and exact punitive measures. The reason she feels compelled to try to "control" me is she (and I overheard her say this to director) said "I will make sure to put a stop to that" with regard to my community activism.

To top it off CC is now offering "free wifi." I dont think it is secure. I am pretty sure they can even monitor which sites we visited.

#1724378

The staff know who the sexworker and quees are but do nothing about it. The sw changes her hairdo all the time.

Now its flat top like a guy. They never have training in interpersonal skills although its badly needed. Kindness, compassion, tolerance, christian semsibility are sorely lacking. What is really sad is its right next door to the catholic church.

The women have the privilege of smoking in the church courtyard garden but they are so ill behaved they fight, argue, and gossip there. The staff plays favorites. For instance, a gal yells at me then claims i started an argument. It was quite unbelievable nevertheless the sw wants to write up a counseling memo.

Since I work in middle schools I know the level of abuse teachers get daily and no teaching staff would bother with such an " incident" but the sw is clearly bored biased and twisted. They dont care how the sexworker screams out her window, the quee fights in the garden or on the street. To them "they are cute and forgiveable." Being smart honest straight nonsmoker religious and not addicted to TV is not! That is what they call an alternate universe and the flat top sw wants to help me cope better.

She's probably a freemason too. Maybe if they sold the building they may get some well deserving poor young CUA students a decent place to live and certainly they would be a lot more courteous caring industrious cooperative etc.

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@PissedConsumer1724378

Why are you implying the lcsw might be a mean rotten corrupt facebaiting person and not the bookkeeper? What makes you believe the residents are so evil?

They may be paying you more attention because they want to take charge of your life and beat you into the mudstone.

Theyre not catholics afterall most like creatures needed some exorcism. You have not read Victor Hugo?

#1693444

While i have since come to better terms with the staff who always need a bit of organizational supervision, the women in the house are still "impossible." What keeps me going are my outlets in places to go, work, outside support and friendships. However from the very first day the dark women have views this yellow woman with nothing short of habitual unfriendliness open hostility and occ overt harassment esp verbal.

Now i realize its not all dark women but here the dc street subculture is the dominant culture. It stands to thei reason even if we are in china town that i am the odd girl out. I am not too upset except the number of hrs i have to be outside which makes me feel homeless or nervous about perceived as such. But yes a quarter of them done some time, half are bi- meaning they go into one anothers rooms with possible liasions taking place.

The liasions tend to be temporal related to power or favors and they switch off too. Like i say not all dark women are like this but they've been institutionalized. They manifestly cannot take me for real which is sad. And what is sad is if I were light (we have three pale skins) they would be a bit nicer.

No pairing off occurs with the pale skins maybe they are not interested. But they dont get harassed like me either.

I guess this was once southern code where a pale womans voice or authority can still be a presence felt even if not exerted. They help me navigate the middle way too, bless their hearts.

#1787469
@PissedConsumer1693444

Yes hookups like this are disgusting. CB with J on and off; DB with M on until M hooks up with AT.

CB who behaves like a *** addicted sex predator lower than a beast with a donkey for a head hooks up with various women to shake them down for cash. They switch roles depending on who they are partnering with. Staff pretends or denies any of this goes on. Its only on the record if you are officially out of the closet.

These hookups feed into pettiness shaming blaming and sense of irresponsibility. For instance everyones new young sweetheart Arthea is allowed to play loud music, scream on her phone, do her chores in the most careless slovenly way, sleep and hangout downstairs and stink up the couch and pillows, and no one not even the staff say anything. Of course this is used as bait because if we complain about her the staff will act like its our problem. Staff simply will not notice how slovenly the bathroom looks, or how this creature is not grateful for anything but may be stealing dishware and vases to try to sell at flea markets.

(Things are disappearing since she moved in) Someones hair is also so filthy that they leave 2mm sized grown crawling louse in the sink and bathroom counter. I have to avoid this bathroom because its like a pigpen. I would complain but the staff are acting like since they are part time they cant be bothered with checking on how people are doing their chores. The spirit of voluntarism is utterly lacking.

If I try to do an extra unassigned chore because its become disgustingly greasy or full of food waste, the ladies just sneer at me with scorn. Thats what comes from using butt all day long watching Family Feud.

#1666613

Maybe this night staff Nikkia can find an extra job at moving and storage facility. They hold auctions when units are abandoned and she would surely enjoy that!

Maybe this night staff Nikkia can find an extra job at moving and storage facility. They hold auctions when units are abandoned and she would surely enjoy that!

#1742386
@PissedConsumer1666613

Why are there floating keys around here. I find keys on the floor twice that were supposed to be in the office or a residents safekeep.

Last month also found room key that matched my door tucked into a bathroom mirror out in the open. They are supposed to give notice when they enter but half the time they dont. I wonder how many of my dear beloved neighbors been poking around my stuff. Every month the pest control comes in and they spray wherever they like it seems and they never leave a notice about that.

If people want something why not just ask. Thats the way some people are they have to sneak around snoop speculate like junior fbi academy.

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#1490701 Review #1490701 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Washington, District Of Columbia
Service
Catholic Charities Dc Customer Care
Reason of review
Poor customer service

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