Dolcy in front of the Social Services office.
Dolcy started working at St. Damien in early 2010 as a part of the social work team. Each member of the social work team is responsible for different departments throughout the hospital and since his first day Dolcy has been responsible for the children and families in the cancer ward and the neonatal unit. Dolcy loves his job and is extremely good at it and we are fortunate to have him on our team.
Dolcy explained that even though there are challenges in the job, the majority of the time his experiences are rewarding. He is constantly on the move and crossing items off of his to-do list. On a day to day basis, he checks in on families and children, writes reports, is called into meetings and even has to travel to get passports and visas.
“The most rewarding part of the job,” Dolcy says, “is building relationships with the children and families and being a support for them in their most difficult times.”
In 2012, Dolcy was promoted as the director of the office. He was then managing all of the social workers and overseeing the work done in each department. He was thrilled for the opportunity and took the challenge on with open arms. However, in 2013 there was a restructure throughout the office and a psychologist was hired onto the team and also named director. Dolcy has served as a wonderful mentor for him to fall into the role with ease.
He feels honored to be a part of such a wonderful mission and to be working towards the mission with hands on action. Dolcy said, “we take care of everyone with all of our heart. We try to help everyone and to do all we can do for them.”
One story that with remain with Dolcy forever is about a little boy named Michael*. Michael was a patient in the cancer ward (known as Salon Mango) back in 2010. When he arrived his stomach was swollen and overextended due to the fast-growing tumor. Dolcy recalls that no matter how sick he got, he always danced. He also had no papers, which was a challenge for Dolcy, as many of our cancer patients need to travel to the Dominican Republic after receiving chemotherapy to receive radiation therapy. Dolcy spent six-months, non-stop, on his papers and eventually got them! Michael then went to the Dominican Republic for treatment and Dolcy cannot tell this story with a smile from ear to ear.
Dolcy’s caring heart and determination to complete whatever task is thrown his way is why we feel very lucky to have him as a part of our team. He is a valuable member of the St. Damien family and we don’t know what we would do without him.
*Names have been changed for privacy purposes.
Contributed by Avriel Burlot, former Communication Specialist NPH Haiti