By Betzy Morataya, Social Work Intern Compañera
When I first arrived at Taller de José, I was extremely nervous about what space I was becoming a part of. I remember coming in on the first day for training, and it was all new. For lunch that day, I was invited by other staff members to join them in buying food. Since the weather was nice that day, we all walked to a nearby restaurant. When we got back, everyone else working that day was already sitting at the kitchen table. It was really nice to join everyone, have a meal, and talk. I remember feeling reassured because it felt like having a family dinner. Now that I have been here for 2 months, I can assure anyone that is joining this organization, that you will be joining a family. I am super grateful, especially as a student, that I am being provided with such a positive experience. Since the first day, I have felt supported and respected as a part of this community. I have been able to create close relationships with my coworkers and know that they are always willing to answer any of my questions. We have found connections on topics outside of work and care about each other’s mental well-being. I was recently asked about self-care for my school reflections and being here at Taller de José, I don’t think I realized how much the staff prioritizes self care. This internship environment has allowed me to take care of myself outside of the work that I do here.
I have created many memories in my short time at Taller de José, but my most fond memory has been the Cookie Swap Day. Everyone baked different types of cookies and then we tried each other’s cookies. Although mine were definitely not the top contender, it was delicious and certainly not something that I have done at any other workplace before. I am looking forward to the upcoming holidays that we will be celebrating together as a family