Reflection On The Mission Of Safe Harbor

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The mission of Safe Harbor is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence through prevention, education, and intervention. I really enjoyed the time that I served there doing my 30 hours of volunteer work. They really made me feel needed and welcome by all the staff and clients. I decided, however, that I think I would be capable of a career in this field. Just in the small amount of time that I volunteered there, my heart tells me this is a field of social work that I would love to be in. I felt helpless to do more for them. And yes, I plan going back in the future and volunteer more time with the girls there. I have learned that working in a domestic violence shelter you encounter many areas of social work other than domestic violence. While …show more content…
When taking phone calls you respond to police officers and victims dealing with domestic violence. My first day volunteering at Safe Harbor was interesting. My impression was I became a big help and was able to bring my experience into the center along with learning new things in just one day. This day made me undoubtedly think about going into the domestic violence field. I practiced my social work skills when a new client came into the facility and showed kindness and compassion to help in an ethical and professional …show more content…
I was competent to talk to a client, due to a past history myself, about having drug paraphernalia in her and talk to her about going to detox. Although the client refused, I believe that I planted a seed that will help her in the future. There was also a client at the facility working on her sobriety from alcoholism. Speaking about the groups for substance abuse offered at the center brought a light in the client’s eyes. I encouraged her to try attending support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. We talked about how drinking had become a coping skill for her to put up with the abuse. I could see in my short time there, growth in her sobriety and her self-esteem grew as her tough girl mask fell off. Speaking with her teenage children about the disease of alcoholism and encourage them to support their mom as she is on her road to recovery helped me feel I accomplished helping them in some

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