Why We Do This Work

By Scott Justus

The best part of my job at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco is to witness some amazing people realize, and start to fulfill their purpose in life. You know that moment when the light bulb in your head turns on and you know this is the work you should be doing. It happens all the time here at MHASF, and it’s one of the many reasons that I work for such a great organization. However, sometimes that mean losing some amazing staff members to bigger and better things. Yvette Bravo is one of those amazing coworkers. Yvette has been with MHASF for over 2 years and has made quite a difference as a Peer Mobile Crisis Worker on our Marin Peer Response Team. Yvette is leaving us to get her Masters Degree, and we couldn’t be happier for her current and future success. We call those Mission Moments! The impact that she’s made at MHASF will last way beyond her time with us, and we couldn’t be more thankful. I could talk all day about what an amazing person Yvette is, but don’t take it from me, here is a letter from one of her former clients:

I met Yvette in December of 2015 after making a call, a call that I don’t remember making. I was in trauma at the time from being shot three times…

From the very first moment I met Yvette I learned she was down to earth, non-judgmental and really was able to make me feel comfortable. I could easily drop whatever guard I had developed at that time, due to my recent trauma so that I could let her assist me and she did assist me 100%.

Yvette was completely reliable and dependable and she was very nurturing, loving and always had a very professional yet sometimes humorous demeanor. Her humor made it easy for me to smile and laugh at times when I felt nothing but utter despair and hardship.

I was at a point in my life, which had been shattered into thousands of pieces, and Yvette was the one person who helped me restore my faith in fellow humanity which is something I had lost sight of during that time. I was homeless, completely broken and in a full nervous breakdown. But she stood by my side and held my hand as we took each step, together, to get me the medical attention I needed and immediate shelter. Together, we established both objectives.

As a result of working with Yvette, I found shelter at…and shortly following that, I found employment. As a resident of…I was eligible to transfer to another program…and after several months of residing there, I found permanent housing.

Today, I am employed by a company that I love working for and I love its staff. This would not have been possible had I remained on the street, homeless. I wish I could fully explain the level of support given to me by Yvette who always went above and beyond to assist me in any way that she was able. I continue to remain in touch with Yvette, keeping her updated on my continued well being[sic] and advancement in my current employment.

Everything that I have today, the life I have today I owe to this delightful, highly educated and professional woman. For all these reasons and more, I am eternally grateful and would and have recommended Yvette to others who are in need just as I was… With gratitude.

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