We believe in the potential of each individual. Jesus said some wonderful things about us. He said we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. That tells me He must really believe in us.
And that's what we want to live here at the Home. We believe in the ladies who come to us for help. It's the same type of belief we have in our staff and in those who help support us and pray for us.
Along with the belief of the potential of each person we believe in the giftedness of each person. God has given to each one of us certain gifts. It is the responsibility of the Walter Hoving Home to help the person find their giftedness. After that discovery is made, we should try to do the best we possibly can to make assignments according to an individual's giftedness.
Our philosophy is that we are the same in relationship, different in function.
I Corinthians 12:12, "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.
I Corinthians 12:21, "The eye cannot say to the hand 'I don't need you,' and the head cannot say to the feet, 'I don't need you.'"
I Corinthians 12:27, "Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it."
Our vision is to bring the ladies into the Home, and as they come in, they come into the Body of Christ. The tradition that the staff is more important than the ladies is a false concept. We are all the same. However, in understanding Scripture and especially I Corinthians 12, we do understand there is a difference in function. Though the Scripture says we're one in body we all have different functions. And those functions are related to our giftedness. That is the lifestyle of responsibility and direction we experience here at the Home.
Traditionally there are various forms of punishment when someone does not adhere to, hopefully well thought-out, guidelines. We must make a distinction between discipline and punishment. We do have a highly disciplined program here at the Walter Hoving Home. We get up early. We commit ourselves to prayer and the study of God's Word. We are diligent in our work responsibilities. At times the hours are long and the burden is awesome. That takes real discipline.
We do believe, however, that we must treat our ladies as adults. That's what they are and they feel secure if they're treated in that manner.
Our objective is to help the ladies develop independent thinking. Traditionally, programs with high punishment motivations do not develop successful ladies. When they complete that type of program and go beyond that environment they quickly fall. We want our ladies to be able to complete the program with a very close relationship with the Lord, one who prays to God concerning her future.
We do not have "rules" here; we have "procedures." Most problems encountered in organizations such as ours is a result of weak procedures – sometimes better described as "process." We want to constantly be looking at the process that brings about God's fulfillment to each person at the Walter Hoving Home.
Our objective is also to assign girls to a team that will best exemplify her giftedness. People who are involved in the action need to have a say so in that action. The ladies, as well as the staff, have insights that will help improve the program. We want to create an environment that will do that. We, first of all, want to train them and assign responsibilities and then, as their responsibilities grow, they will become more mature.
The basic responsibility of a staff is to act as a role-model and trainer. The ladies really should do the "work" of the ministry. We want to help them develop that kind of responsibility.
Here are the six Values we teach at the Walter Hoving Home:
- We will treat everyone with dignity and respect.
- We will not complain.
- We will be part of the solution, not the problem.
- Our relationship will be guided by 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. Equal in relationship; different in function.
- We will support each one’s potential and giftedness.
- We will give superior service and do everything with excellence.