Director (Current Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – August 14, 2017
Our goal is to make the parents life as easy as possible. We strive to ensure their children are safe, healthy, loved, and educated. I have learned how to calm frustrated parents, and work well with everyone. I have learned how to make a happy environment for staff and children.
Family Support Worker (Former Employee) – Peoria, IL – February 16, 2017
I worked for this company twice, second time I got fired and for not following direction after two week of employment. So they are not very supportive with new staff. It was a hostile work environment.
Child Care Worker (Current Employee) – Kingston, NY – September 27, 2016
This job gave me a very unique opportunity to continue utilizing my Spanish-speaking skills through the ORR program after returning home from being a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America. Getting to work with the kids is great and very fulfilling. My main responsibilities are to ensure that the residents follow the program set forth by ORR staff throughout the day. This includes accompanying them to meals in the cafeteria, completing chores in the house, making sure residents bathe every day, etc. But more than that, this job allows me to create effective relationships with these children who have traveled from their homes to come to the United States. I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity to be one of the first relationships a lot of these kids will have with someone from the United States. I strive everyday to make sure that I am offering them guidance, support, and a listening ear if they need it before they go forth into a very brand new world filled with new and difficult experiences.
The hardest part of the job is definitely the hours. I work late nights and a LOT of overtime. It's definitely overwhelming sometimes.
The best part of the job is obviously getting to work with the kids. They are all so intelligent and brave and funny. Saying goodbye to them could probably also count as one of the hardest parts of the job. They stay just long enough for you to miss them when they leave. They're all great kids & I just hope that when they leave the home, they have a sense of confidence in their ability to do really wonderful things in this world.
free lunches and dinners
the healthcare is too expensive to afford, the hours are very late and erratic
I had an enjoyable experience playing the piano and directing the choir at the Children's Home. Unfortunately both the minister and I were laid off from our jobs due to financial problems. In September of 2005 I lost my part time employment as a church musician.
Easy service music, part time income, a few days off
Youth Counselor (Former Employee) – York, PA – June 14, 2016
The staff would meet at the start of every shift to discuss any new residents and their concerns for that person. Also discussed where any ongoing problems throughout the last day. Constant input on how to best handle a child and their needs. Basic needs met until court appearance. One on one with any child at any time to help them trough the transition period.
meals, outings, helping another person
constant vigilenge for something to go wrong, always on guard
Day Treatment Counselor (Current Employee) – Winston-Salem, NC – March 21, 2016
Bad company to work for no loyalty and no place for advancement. There was numerous bad decisions made at this company that has contributed to it not being a pleaseant place to work. I would not recommend this job to others.
Program Specialist (Former Employee) – Lubbock, TX 79403 – February 16, 2016
Typical day consisted of meetings and helping deal with escalated kids. I learned a lot of; how to effectively work with Traumatized children and help them understand they are loved and the things that happened were not their fault. I enjoyed working with my co-workers The hardest part is the condition our kids come to us in. The best is when they have learned how to show their feelings and emotions effectively and appropriately.
My family did not come last and I worked with christians
Counselor (Former Employee) – Winston-Salem, NC – January 5, 2016
There is no such thing as a "typical day" at work. Each day is different as you work with this particular population. I feel staff in all departments do work as best they can, with all the constant changes in management. Job security, advancement, or pay increases are not available due to the company not being secure or properly managed. The most enjoyable part of the job, with everything that is going on, is the therapeutic relationships with the clients and their families, and making a difference in their lives. Hopefully one day in the near future, the company will be back on its feet and do great work in the community.
Cook/Baker (Former Employee) – Poughkeepsie, NY – September 10, 2015
A typical day started with making the lunch and dinner for the children staying at the home. These children all come from different backgrounds. Whether it be from parents separating or losing a parent. They all came from unstable households and to be able to provide them with wholesome, nutritional food is the least I could do. It is very enjoyable to see them excited about eating because it is one less thing they had to worry about. The hardest part about the job was to learn about the current situation of each child. It gave me more ammunition and pride to do what I do. I went to work everyday excited to create dishes for these kids so they could have a hot meal and to never go to bed hunger. This experience has taught me to appreciate what I have in my life and to never take it for granted. My co-workers and management was very helpful and friendly people. They were great to talk to and learn from.
Case Manager/Counselor (Current Employee) – Winston Salem, NC – July 7, 2015
My career at The Children's Home has been like having a second family. I have developed many close and professional relationships that have allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. I believe that my job has allowed me the opportunity to demonstrate compassion and provide individuals with mental illness effective and professional services with great skill and knowledge.
There is a great sense of family and support, Staff always maintains professionalism, the supervisors are extremely supportive, They work deligently to assure that the staff is well trained, They asure that staff is knowledgable of best practices in field, There is always opportunity for advancement within the agency, I have experienced great flexibility with my schedule .
The salaries are not adequate, three CEOs in the past 6 years, lots of turnover due to poor morale in some units, shut down of some programs
You can survive if you have a heart for the children
Primary Support Worker (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – June 8, 2015
Management wasn't really there for you. You work long hours with no lunch breaks or even 15 minutes. You basically have to look out for yourself. The most enjoyable part of the job however are the interactions with the children, taking them to school, helping them with their school work, changing their lives.
You get to make a different in the kids' lives.
No breaks, no lunches, management doesn't support you.
I say hi in the morning see what i have to do i get breakfast together. I do the dishes and including get breakfast ready for the next day for the kids. I learned how to work well with people m y co-workers was so nice we have are laughs. I did inventory for them sometimes. I'll say the hardest about this job was nothing. The enjoyable part of the job was they treated you like family.