Each year Methodist Children’s Home recognizes staff members who exemplify the Core Values of the organization. Staff are nominated by their peers and are recognized at an all-staff meeting during which the Core Awards are given.
The Core Awards for MCH are:
Jack and Donna Ratliff, home parents at the Boys Ranch, received the Core Award for Christian Principles at the spring 2015 all-staff meeting. The recipient of the Core Award for Christian Principles is someone who applies the principles of the Christian faith which serve as the foundation for this ministry.
According to the Ratliff’s nomination, “Jack and Donna are a dynamic duo who have made a positive impact on our youth and staff. With smiles, giving hearts, and an aura of ease they work to make each day memorable and useful to our youth. The Ratliff’s share a strong bond with the boys, and continue some of those relationships after youth leave. The Ratliff’s each model Christian Principles through their compassion, understanding and empathy for those around them. They recognize the strengths in our youth and work diligently to help them be successful.”
The Ratliff’s have worked at the Boys Ranch for two and half years. “I tell the boys all the time that I cannot take the place of their parent,” said Jack. “But I will be a godly example for them of how a man should act and live.”
Donna stated, “I am very proud to be given the Christian Principle core award. We strive to instill Christian principles in the boys and hope that they see that we structure our lives that way ourselves.”
Dorothy Phillips, unit manager, and the Ratliff’s supervisor had this to share: “The Ratliff’s are a spiritually lead couple who encourage our youth to live their lives through biblical principles on a daily basis. It is an honor to be able to work with them.”