Kat Maldgaard is a student at Pædagoguddannelsen Københavnfrom Copenhagen, Denmark. She recently began her internship at GLIDE’s Walk In Center. Meet Kat as she shares her initial insights on the experience.
My name is Kat and I’m a social education undergraduate student from Copenhagen, Denmark just beginning a six-month internship in the GLIDE Walk-In Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. In Copenhagen, there’s not the kind of homelessness that there is here in San Francisco. However, it is my impression that the way people on the street in general see homeless people—or you could say, NOT look at homeless people—is pretty much the same.
That’s why I’m happy and proud that I’m going to be here at GLIDE, and I can say this even though I’ve only been here for only few weeks. The ground GLIDE claims to be standing on was proven to be true on my first day and that is very impressive. I saw GLIDE’s core values in action between staff and client, between client and staff, and between staff. This is very interesting for me and I’m eager to take the first bite of a big learning process.
I already know I’ll be happy here. I feel safe and I feel there will always be someone to turn to if needed. I want to thank the GLIDE family for making me feel welcome, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!