Goldfield: Appreciation abounds in New York shelter

Jonathan Goldfield

Jonathan Goldfield

Shelter work continues for Jonathan Goldfield, who is now pulling 12 ½ hour shifts at the Nassau Community College shelter.

There, he is keeping track of residents, doing intake documentation and screening, recording permanent check outs, providing entrance security and clients with shelter information.

“Providing comfort and security to these disaster-impacted clients is paramount. It starts with identifying warning signs and mitigation. Like a damage assessment windshield survey, everywhere I go in the shelter I look for stress signs in both residents and staff,” he told us last week.

Goldfield said the mental health and nursing staff moves quickly to support anyone in need, and that residents have been appreciative.

“Today we also distributed the final batch of cleaned laundry to appreciative and in some cases emotional Shelter Residents,” he said on Thursday. “These bags of cleaned clothes represented a world to our clients. Lesson reminded again and again: Be grateful for what you have.”

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