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Working For Central City Concern Central City Concerns owns and operates a great number of the transitional housing in Portland along with Hooper Detox I have worked for CCC for almost three years now and Im among one of the only workers that havent discovered a dead body yet Due to the fact that we at CCC work with a large number of Portlands mentally ill drug addicted and homeless our employee and tenant turnover is high Every time I hear of another body being found after days of sitting unnoticed I feel as if we as monitors have failed that person There are always signs before the incident that my co-workers talk about after the body is found For example There was a tenant in a building I was working for that we had caught drinking Normally the management would take the persons keys only to give them back to the tenant after they got out of detox In this case though the tenant didnt want to go back into detox so he was evicted but management didnt take his keys Eight days later they found his body in the apartment overdosed on alcohol and pills Later my co-workers talked about the change in his behavior yet no one pulled him to the side and asked him what was going on He was reaching out yet no one considered them selves qualified to help him Our jobs are not to counsel it is not to prevent Our jobs as monitors are just to clean up the after math I talked to a co-worker last Sunday who just found another overdose last week He told me youll know when its your turn to find one there is something disturbing in the managers voice when they say come with me we need to open a door After that
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