Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc. is dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of residential and community-based services to meet the needs of vulnerable children by addressing their physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual development.
To be a leading human services provider, addressing the ever-changing needs of children and families, led by people of excellence and compassion.
Trust is the cornerstone at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, directing relationships with the children, their families, staff and constituents. It is comprised of five key elements.
- Safety – a commitment to provide a safe and positive environment where children heal and flourish
- Respect – for all humans and their place in society
- Empathy – to understand and share experiences, values and principles
- Genuineness – which provides integrity to relationships
- Concreteness – ensure equal and accurate information
Effective residential and community based service programs provide safe, caring places for children and adolescents and are staffed by men and women who share a commonality in their philosophy of care and treatment, in their personal and moral convictions and embrace fundamental Judeo/Christian principles.
Program unity is achieved by staff members who have a positive attitude about their work, who embrace the philosophy of Boys and Girls Homes and who have the necessary skills and abilities to accomplish the work.
We cannot bring about permanent change in the behavior of youth unless we help them change what they believe about themselves.
We believe in the principle of servant leadership which is putting your best resources at the disposal of those who need them - putting those you lead first.
Spiritual and religious beliefs translate into improved personal, professional and business practices.
Persistence is essential to success.
The foundation stones of caring staff workers are:
- An ability to establish warm relationships with children
- A faith in the ability of the child to change
- A willingness to set high expectations for the children in treatment
- A desire to convey a sense of honesty and fairness to the child
- A willingness to demonstrate that you care
- An ability to be a positive role model
- A desire to demonstrate dependability to the child
- A willingness to do what is right
- A willingness to acknowledge and share uncertainty, tolerate and learn from mistakes and be willing to take risks.
Trauma Informed Care
The Trauma Informed Care Project (traumainformedcareproject.org) defines Trauma Informed Care as "an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment."
We choose to use The Sanctuary Model ® as the framework through which we provide trauma informed care.
As found on The Sanctuary Model ® website (www.sanctuaryweb.com):
The Sanctuary Model ® represents a trauma-informed method for creating or changing an organizational culture in order to more effectively provide a cohesive context within which healing from psychological and socially derived forms of traumatic experience can be addressed. The Sanctuary Model is not a trauma-specific intervention but a way of reorganizing whole organizational cultures. We believe that is what a “trauma-informed” culture has to be – it requires a shift in the very foundations of the way we think, what we feel, how we communicate, and how we practice.
Learn about The Sanctuary Model ® of Care at Boys and Girls Homes.
To learn more about The Sanctuary Model ® visit the website at www.sanctuaryweb.com.
To learn more about The Sanctuary Institute visit www.thesanctuaryinstitute.org/.