Today’s episode features a very special interview addressing working in a field dealing with one of our country’s leading social issues. We sit down with Megan Bennett, a case manager working with homeless teens in the Dallas area. We learn about the challenges and wins when counseling, parenting and guiding these troubled youths at times through the most fundamental life skills needed to transition to a more stable life. Megan’s heartfelt regard for her work and residents of this transitional living facility is refreshing and reminds us there are many people out there who still care and work to make a difference. Additionally, you will be enlightened on the factors and difficulties that often leave young people feeling that the street is their only option. Learn how Megan found her way to this job, her experiences working with homeless teens and how you too can make a difference.
NOTE: Since recording this episode, Megan has transitioned to a position in school counseling due to an out of state move. We will catch up with her at a later date to find out more about her experiences in that field!
If you would like to help: https://www.justgive.org/donations/help-homeless.jsp http://nationalhomeless.org/donate/index.html
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0:00 Intro and description of work
2:10 How she got into social work
3:48 Megan’s passion for her work and her background
5:21 Megan’s course through college
6:30 Her average day at work
8:26 Best parts and more challenging aspects of job
11:59 Any specialized training needed?
13:59 Advice for those interested in this field
14:50 Advice she would go back and give herself in high school
15:50 How Megan deals with challenges and stress
17:23 Megan’s passion for saving and fostering dogs
18:26 Misconceptions of job and homeless population