Idaho Youth Ranch Hays Home
What happens when kids are in crisis and find that they have no
place to stay? In Boise, Idaho the Idaho Youth Ranch has the
Hays Shelter Home which provides 24-hour emergency care,
counseling, and education for boys and girls between the ages of 9
and 17 who are runaways, homeless, or victims of abuse and/or
neglect. Hays Shelter Home staffs the only 24-hour help line
supporting vulnerable youth in the Treasure Valley. Services and
referrals are also available to parents who need help addressing
problems that disrupt healthy home environments.
As a part of their program, Hays Shelter Home relies on
community volunteers to help mentor and tutor kids with homework
and reinforcement of the core values of the home. The
Mission of Hays Shelter Home is to develop:
- Personal accountability and responsibility to
others - To create a caring and learning environment
carries an obligation to hold ourselves accountable for our actions
while empowering others to take responsibility for their
- Honesty and integrity - Being trustworthy is
the best solution to distrust and fear and will help create the
bonds essential for personal and organizational growth.
- Respect for human worth, dignity and potential
- All of us, regardless of our age or actions, have the capacity to
change. Respect is directed at the person, not their behavior. We
demonstrate respect through genuine care and concern.
- Relationships - The degree and quality of the
relationships we have with our co-workers, youth and families we
serve, and the community we interact with, is more powerful than
any technique or approach.
- Build on strengths - Strengths are defined as
a person's unique talents, knowledge and skills. Positive growth
occurs when one's strengths are identified, cultivated and used
rather than one's faults and shortcomings.
- Persistence and perseverance - Change occurs
when we are tenaciously committed to what
can be done, not what
can't be done. There is intrinsic
value in challenging and productive work.
- Optimizing resources - Responsible action is
seeing that the right human and material resources are fully and
efficiently utilized in harmony with their purpose.
Mark Bolander, Human Resource / Safety Manager at the Boise
plant has been volunteering three hours per week since January
2013. At times it has been a real challenge, not because of
the kids, but trying to remember Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry so
that he can help with the homework. Kids at Hays Shelter Home
want to learn, in many cases they just need someone to give them a
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