Title

Relationship Development at the Poverello

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Elise Cunningham

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Presentation

Abstract

Many people who use the services of the Poverello find service beyond the basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. They often develop a relationship with someone at the Poverello that will listen to their story and make them feel heard. This paper will explore why clients can develop these relationships at the Poverello. Our data will draw upon ethnographic fieldnotes written about 100 hours of participant observation at the Poverello Center. From this data we expect to find that due to the Poverello's availability, clients are able to access individuals when the client is ready to talk. This allows the client some control that they may not otherwise have in their life.

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Social Sciences

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Relationship Development at the Poverello

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Many people who use the services of the Poverello find service beyond the basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. They often develop a relationship with someone at the Poverello that will listen to their story and make them feel heard. This paper will explore why clients can develop these relationships at the Poverello. Our data will draw upon ethnographic fieldnotes written about 100 hours of participant observation at the Poverello Center. From this data we expect to find that due to the Poverello's availability, clients are able to access individuals when the client is ready to talk. This allows the client some control that they may not otherwise have in their life.