Bigelow Tea lends support to the Idaho Youth Ranch Hays Home

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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.Idaho_Youth_Ranch.png

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 actions.
  • 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 little help.






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