“Empowering those we serve with FREEDOM to obtain supportive, integrated WORK skills and OPPORTUNITIES to excel.” Simply put, our mission is our reason for being. It is meant to articulate the significant challenge and opportunities that we have both as an organization and as individuals with a proud focus on “Gentle Teaching”.
Our values are key to which we are as individuals as well as to the organization as a whole. Otherwise defined as our Codes of Ethics, these values guide the actions of our staff, board members, treatment of persons receiving services, business/financial practices, and marketing. Any staff member who violates one of the agency’s Code of Ethics may face corrective action. Board action may be taken with any board member who violates the Code of Ethics.
Compassion: Providing care with sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it in a manner that upholds a persons’ dignity and respect.
Respect: Thoughtful consideration to the needs of others and appreciating and valuing any diverse perspectives that they may have. Relating to others as individuals, without regard to ethnicity, disability, role, authority, skill, experience, or compensation. Providing services that are always dignified, professional, age appropriate, performance driven, and enhancing.
Optimism: A bright, hopeful view and expectation of the best possible outcome. When people are upbeat, cheerful and happy at work, more creativity, understanding, cooperation, quality and productivity become possible. A happy, productive team is one that is positive and has fun.
Performance driven: At its essence, this value reflects our desire to provide the highest possible quality of services provided to our consumers, customers and stakeholders. Professionalism and achievement will contribute to our success while guidance and input from the agencies that we serve and the accreditation that we receive will guarantee compliance and accountability.
Service Oriented: Valuing service and being service orientated requires focusing on the needs and desires of others rather than on ourselves; service drives our Mission to create something that is of value to others. Through input from our stakeholders, we will continually evaluate the services that we offer and the quality of all aspects of our program. Thinking progressively and being open to the new concepts and ideas that have the potential to work better in the future, keeping our mission and vision our number one priority.