Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some griefs...


There are some griefs so loud
They could bring down the sky

--May Sarton

It has been a long, hard week...and I can't say that I am looking forward to the ending. Tomorrow we will have a short staff meeting and then individual meetings with our managers to learn if we keep our job or will be laid off.

It's ironic how such a difficult situation has made the staff even tighter. We do hard work and we have to lean on one another--even in the best of times. The office is our home base. It's where we go to de-brief, get support, cry and make each other laugh to forget the hard stuff. Even in these last few miserable weeks, there has been laughter. And plenty of tears.

I feel like my family is being broken up. I don't want to leave and I don't want any of them to leave either. Not this way. It just sucks.

Tonight we had an incredible evening--serving our families a "Harvest Feast" meal. We'll do it again tomorrow. It's a tradition. Something we do every year. It's not something the county requires we do. But we do it because we care for our families. We are Southside Family Nurturing Center after all.

It was a wonderful and awful evening. It was wonderful because it felt good working together as a team. It was awful because we know that our team is being broken up and next year there might not even be a Harvest Feast.

But tomorrow we will stand together one more time. 

Friday, November 20th Noon: Update

Amazing News: Our directors testified in front of the County Commissioners this morning, alerting them to the affects of their proposed cuts--job layoffs, services to families being cut...They were appalled! The CFO talked with them afterwards and said not to lay people off, they will come up with a plan. We will know more on Tuesday. But for now we are holding on and praying for our Southside miracle. Please keep those prayers coming!


ArtSnark said...

will be thinking of you & sending virtual hugs

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

You're definitely in my thoughts and prayers today. Sorry you and your work family are having to struggle with this! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

My daughter-in-law is a social worker in the state of Maryland. During this economic crisis which puts more families at risk these angels are having to work with their hands tied behind their backs as budgets and programs are cut and they are threatened with losing their jobs. I understand your frustration.

pinkglitterfae said...

I just read your update, and am so happy for you! This has the makings of a Christmas Miracle!
I do pray that they figure out a way, and that you all stay where you are. It sounds like you all care so much about each other, and the families you help. It's hard to find many jobs where the people truly love where they are at.
Crossing my fingers for you :-)