Celebrating 30 Years at Center for Human Services
This month, Hutton House Program Manager Valrie Thompson celebrates her 30-year anniversary working at Center for Human Services. We honor her as CHS’ second longest-serving employee and one of the most dedicated people you’ll meet.
Q. What was your first job at CHS?
A. I was the counselor at Hutton House as well as a supervisor in the Student Assistance Program (SAP). Later, I was the Program Manager of Pathways for its first couple of years.
Q. What was CHS like 30 years ago?
A. There were 12 of us and SAP and Hutton House were really the whole agency at that time. It was quite different in those days – the executive director brought her dog to work, we wore jeans every day, and I believe that the agency budget was around $600,000 a year (20 times less than it is now).
Q. Why did you want to work for CHS?
A. I had just left six years of teaching high school, was working in private industry full time and attending school full time to get my Pupil Personnel Services credential to become a school counselor. I really missed the youth and knew that in six months I would need to do an internship so I started looking around. As soon as I discovered Hutton House, I immediately got going as a volunteer.
Q. Why have you continued to work at CHS?
A. The youth have stolen my heart. The agency has supported me in becoming a leader. I have loved the volunteers and staff that have passed through the doors. My supervisor has always encouraged, supported me and tolerated me; some days that is a lot to ask. I’ve been allowed to do good for others and learn something new every day – the two things I believe makes one happy and content.
Q. How does CHS offer second chances to the youth at Hutton House?
A. We always say that you never know when someone is ready to change. They get as many chances as they are willing to take as long as we can provide the level of care that they need.
For more information, visit www.centerforhumanservices.org/huttonhouse.