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.
Then MCH Core Values are:
Christina Gerhardt, director of transition services, received the 2016 Core Value award for Relationships at the all-staff meeting in March. The recipient of the Core Award for Relationships is someone who builds healthy relationships through communication, respect, trust and love.
According to Gerhardt’s nomination, “Christiana has worked at MCH for eleven years, as a unit manager for several homes and currently as the director of Transition Services (TS). Christina is very organized, dependable and reliable. She works diligently to build healthy, trusting relations with our youth by continuously being involved in their curriculum and keeping in contact with them, offering words of wisdom. Christina’s relationships continues with her staff, building connections and making them feel appreciated, respected and part of the team. She is always willing to go that extra mile to give a hand when help is needed. She builds relationships with new staff by offering assistance as they adapt to their new roles. Christina has been warm and welcoming as she took on her role as Director of TS. She took the time to get to know her staff as a group and as individuals. She has been open to listening to how things have been done and has listened to new ideas for the future. She was open and friendly as a unit manager and it has helped with moving into her new role. She always has a warm smile on her face and helps you when you are having a bad day. Christina exemplifies ‘relationships.’ MCH is blessed to have her as part of the team.”
“I am honored to be recognized for building relationships with youth, for it is a privilege to do what I do,” shared Gerhardt.
Jeff Creel, associate administrator and Gerhardt’s supervisor said, “Christina is a great asset to TS. She is very nurturing and is willing to walk step by step with our youth as they work toward independence.”