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Remembering: The Soul of Our Work

Stories by the staff of Options for Community Living

edited by John O'Brien
and Connie Lyle O'Brien


In 1992, Options published Remembering the Soul of our Work: Stories by the staff of Options in Community Living, edited by John O'Brien and Connie Lyle O'Brien. The book is a collection of stories written by Options staff over the course of several years as a part of organizational efforts to reflect on the day to day work and our role in providing services.

Options' staff have been writing stories to read to each other at staff meetings since 1987, on a more or less regular basis. Currently stories are written and shared about every other month. Remembering the Soul of our Work is the result of story writing over a five year period. The Book includes stories written on the following themes:

Ordinary Moments, Everday Triumphs, Assistance, Sticking With People, Understanding How People Change, Dreams, Family, Friends, Money Matters, Fighting The System, Clienthood, Suffering & Death, Teachers, Words of Power, Love Stories, Commitment, Discrimination, Why I Do This Work, Last Night I Had a Dream, Community Building, A Future Vision for Options, What it Was Like Before, Writing Stories at Work

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