Throughout his ten year career with the Shelter, Joshua has held many roles, including Youth Care Specialist, Youth Care Supervisor, Warehouse Manager, Food Service Manager and, most recently, Facilities Manager. This wide variety of experience has given him a unique perspective on the role of the Shelter and the programs that we provide on a daily basis. We are so grateful to Joshua for his years of service and his heart for our mission.
What is the best thing about your job? I am thankful every day to work alongside staff members and volunteers who give so much of themselves on a daily basis for the children. I love getting to see a steady flow of generosity from the community to support our mission. I love getting to see us as an organization provide quality services to kids in crisis, and seeing that vision continue to expand.
What has been your proudest moment at NWACS? My proudest moments come when the preschoolers run to me in the hallway excitedly shouting my name while running to give me a hug. Also, I have received a couple of hand-written “Thank Yous” from children in our care expressing gratefulness for timely advice or interactions.
What inspires you? I am truly inspired by so many of the excellent staff we have, who work so hard to make this place run. I regularly marvel at the work ethic and intentionality of our team. I believe that life has a purpose. I believe we were created in a special image and intention by our Creator-God, and that Christ can renew the image that was marred by the Fall. Therefore everyone has value and is worthy of dignity and respect. Consequently, we should strive to go beyond simply providing meals and safe place to stay, but to try and speak to the center of a person, exemplifying a dependable, long-suffering, considerate support in their time of trouble.
What do you wish people knew about the Shelter? I wish people knew just how much of an impact we are having on the kids in our care – even in the short time they’re with us. From educational advancements to quality nutrition and options for kids who have had very few throughout their lives. But it is the efforts we make to ensure the residents leave our doors with the provisions they need, a personalized plan for their care, a foundation for them to see that so many care for them, and hope and confidence to face the future. People really need to see that.