‘They Want Money or They Want Drugs or They Want Death’

This interview with a social worker named Lorian who works with the homeless population in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco is a thing you should probably read. Her job is insane. She makes $32K a year. (“I think I got into social work because I had this idea of it somehow ‘killing’ my ego. It seems silly, but it felt very real at the time. There’s a sadness to watching your idealism and convictions go to shit. Not to mention that working in such a thankless and fucked system will kill a sacred part of you. I feel tired. For the most part, people do not want help. They want money or they want drugs or they want death.”)


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