Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) annually recognizes staff who exemplify our Core Values. Staff are nominated by their peers and recognized at an all-staff meeting.
The Core Values for MCH are:
Joshua DeLeon, youth care counselor, received the 2017 Core Award for Relationships at the fall all-staff meeting. The recipient of the Core Award for Relationships is someone who builds healthy relationships through communication, respect, trust, and love.
According to his nomination, DeLeon embodies the Core Value of Relationships by the way he goes above and beyond when it comes to the challenging work of building trusting relationships with our youth. DeLeon has a natural way of creating a relational foundation of love, respect, patience, and trust. He also shows a high level of love and compassion in his work.
Those who work with DeLeon say that he seems to have an innate understanding of the potential for healing and transformation in these relationships. He naturally prioritizes his connections with students and is able to establish things like felt safety and trust where others may not be able to. DeLeon is known as someone who is always willing to do more, even coming in on days off if it means helping out a student in need.
Austin Brown, clinical therapist, said, “It is easy to see the depth of genuine love Josh has for our kids and his commitment to being an agent of change and healing in their lives.”