The most important lesson I learned in this essay was to sympathize with those workaholic people that provide services to us. They are offered poor work conditions and are forced to work as robots, “for six to eight hours in a row, you never sit except for pee”. This is very common in our society causing employees to suffer physical and mental health issues, for instance, muscle spasm, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, or depression because of the stress of the lifestyle. Unfortunately, sometimes we do not speak out for others despite of their innocence, “ So why didn’t I intervene”? just to protect our jobs. In this essay Ehrenreich narrates how she felt ashamed for not standing up for George when he was falsely accused of stealing products at the restaurant. This general feeling of impotence is ubiquitous in low-income people, illegal, not well educated workers, or people whose English is the second language representing a barrier that limits their opportunities to find better jobs.
At the end of the September 2016 SHINE Leadership Meeting, the Department of Elder Affairs was able to celebrate the contributions of more than 546 statewide volunteers. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program announced Luisa Belen Tejeiro, a Miami-Dade County volunteer, as the award winner for the Harold Barnes Leader of the Year.
Belen serves as a SHINE volunteer counselor and Area Coordinator for Miami-Dade county. She often does additional SHINE duties at the Alliance for Aging, Inc. Read More