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:
James and Patti Garrett, home parents at the Scharbauer-Thomas home, received the 2016 Core Award for Service at the all-staff meeting in March. The recipients for the Core Award for service is someone who shows compassion through generosity and care.
According to the Garrett’s nomination, “Throughout the nine years James and Patti have been at MCH they have demonstrated a heart of service to the youth and staff they have worked alongside. It has been evident that the Garretts are invested in serving the lives of MCH youth. The Garretts come in the doors of MCH desiring with a great passion to show our youth that they can overcome the hardships of life. They do not merely just come ‘on duty,’ but they live ‘on duty’ with a mission that surpasses just being present. They intentionally spend their time teaching our youth life skills and making memories. Camping trips, fishing, and days at the lake are a few of the things that the Garretts do to provide new experiences for the youth in their home. They work hard to prepare youth to be independent and ready for the ‘real world’ once the leave MCH. The Garretts show their serving hearts in their willingness to serve alongside with the youth as they as they volunteer to help them with various tasks in the home. The Garretts have been willing to plan their personal lives around the needs of MCH. At times, they have changed their plans with little notice in order to cover for other staff. They are present at significant events of our youth. The Garretts are true examples of putting the needs or wants of others before themselves.”
“We were honored to receive the award and thank our co-workers who nominated us,” Patti Garrett said. “We are grateful to be employed by MCH and that we are given the opportunity to make a difference in these youth’s lives, which we love doing!”
Marchelle Villa, unit manager and the Garrett’s supervisor had this to share, “When I think of the Garretts and their serving hearts I am reminded of Mark 10:45 which says ‘For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life as ransom for many.’ I cannot think of any other more worthy for the Core Value of Service than the Garretts. It is a great honor to acknowledge their passionate and dedicated years of service to the MCH community.”