Meet Daisy: A Day In the Life an IW Vocational Counselor

[fusion_text]Have you ever wondered what a typical day is like for an Interfaith Works Vocational Counselor? Daisy Garcete, a vocational cdaisy and mateoounselor at Interfaith Works, walks you through her typical day.

6:30 AM: Rise & shine – take a couple minutes for myself, then I am off to get my son Mateo ready for school.

9:00 AM: Arrive at Interfaith Works (IW) and get right down to business – check email and prepare for multiple client meetings.

10:00 AM: First client meeting
My first client of the day is a single mother of two, who is currently working an unstable part-time food service job. Today, we will spend our meeting searching and applying for a full time job with daytime hours. By the end of the meeting, with my help she has applied for three jobs: an administrative assistant, retail floor manager, and an opportunity at Montgomery County Public Schools.

11:00 AM: Second client meeting
My second client meeting is with a middle-aged, Spanish-speaking woman with limited English skills. She is currently unemployed, late on bill payments, and close to eviction. Today, we focus on her education goals. Together we register her for evening ESOL classes. Before she leaves, we contact the IW Project Inform Outreach Coordinator to see how IW can support her with an emergency assistance loan to pay her utility bill.

12:30 PM: I grab a quick bite to eat on my way to the Interfaith Works Women’s Center (IWWC).

1:00 PM: Third client meeting
My 1:00 PM meeting is with a woman in her late 50s. She is residing at the IWWC residential shelter and is currently unemployed. Her computer skills are limited and there is a large gap in her work history. This is our first meeting. I begin by introducing her to IW’s Microsoft Office classes and Job Readiness Course. She decides to sign up for both. We also discuss possible certification courses available at Montgomery College that interest her. Finally, before our meeting is over I help her apply for a customer service and retail position.

2:00 PM: Update IW’s database with notes from my first three meetings and confirm tomorrow’s vocational volunteers.

3:00 PM: Last client meeting of the day
I head over to the Men’s Shelter on E. Gude Dr. I am meeting with a young man, who has missed his past two vocational meetings. I decided better that I come to him. He has a high school diploma and great computer skills. He is interested in going back to school. We spend the hour working on his resume. Before the meeting is over we have identified several positions for him to apply for in hospitality, health and fitness, and customer service.

4:00 PM: Wrap up my work day – catch up on email, review client resumes, and prepare for tomorrow.

5:00 PM: Head home to resume all mommy duties. Once the little guy is down, I spend some time wedding planning.

To support the work of Daisy and Vocational Services team, please consider making a donation today.

A sidenote about a less-than-typical day for Daisy: In early June, after leaving the Interfaith Works vocational service office in Gaithersburg, she saw a crowd surrounding an elderly man lying unconscious in the street. He had no discernible pulse. Calling on her CPR training and with guidance from 911 staff, Daisy provided life-saving chest compressions until emergency personnel arrived. Later, Daisy heard from an EMT friend the man ultimately was revived, underwent heart surgery and is now on a long road to recovery. We are proud of Daisy’s quick action to save someone’s life. Our staff are heroes every single day![/fusion_text][button link=”” color=”orange” size=”” stretch=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”Donate Today” gradient_colors=”|” gradient_hover_colors=”|” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”#cc5500″ bevel_color=”” border_width=”55px” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ animation_offset=”” alignment=”” class=”” id=””]HELP PEOPLE FIND JOBS: DONATE[/button]

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