Dignity and Respect

 

Everyone who works at the Alice C. Tyler Village has two jobs: to keep every child who lives at the Village safe and to make sure that they are treated with dignity.  The State of Virginia requires that every treatment center in Virginia treats the people it serves with a high level of respect and care.  That is the kind of care that grows naturally out of the structure of a Childhelp Village.  At its heart Childhelp is about giving the best to children who have lived through the worst. 

The Childhelp philosophy states it well: Childhelp believes that every child has a unique contribution to make to the world. We do everything within our power to help each child heal and develop self-esteem to reach their God-given potential. We believe unconditional love is the foundation upon which all healing begins. The entrance of each Childhelp facility features the words "All Who Enter Here Will Find Love." These children, who have seen the worst that life has to offer, deserve the best that we can provide while they are in the care of Childhelp.   

A Childhelp Village is not home but for the children who must be here it is a place where they can feel safe and respected, possibly for the first time in their life.    This is just another example of how the unique environment of a Childhelp Village can help hurting children begin to heal.     

- David Henry

David Henry is the Chaplain at the Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village located in Virginia 

 

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