I CANNOT believe it has been a year since I left my state job in Florida to become a house parent along with my husband!!! We discovered a job market where agencies hire married couples to work with at risk youth. The agencies offers different benefits depending on the size of the agency. Our agency offers us an opportunity to save and to live comfortably. I won’t disclose the location of the agency due to confidentiality. We work with four young men. We manage large portions of their schedules and transport them to a majority of their appointments/meetings. We meet with our supervisor(s) once a week to go over the household and to have a sounding board with any issues that we may experience. I enjoy working with my husband. The job teaches me about myself and exposes areas where I need work. Communication is a big part of the job. As my husband is my teammate, I have to communicate with him all day long. Sometimes when it’s just the two of us, it can be challenging to talk about things other than the boys and what is going on with them. Despite these minor challenges I believe we are in a good space. I have gone back to school to purse my Masters of Social Work and it’s been a long time coming. We have six days off each month and we use these days off to relax and get our minds right. We travel, catch up on phone calls, and maybe get a massage or two.
I am grateful that this job market came our way. I believe that there is still a lot to learn about ourselves and how we can effectively help the kids we work with. We have the potential to mentor, teach, and model positive behaviors for them. I believe that our being with the agency is a blessing and a divine intervention on our behalf. And I am so grateful!