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:
Marchelle Villa, unit manager, received the 2016 Core Award for Growth at the all-staff meeting in September. The recipient for the Core Award for Growth is someone who provides opportunities for spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual development.
According to Villa’s nomination, “Marchelle’s ambition and work ethic have been present since she began her employment in 2014 as unit manager for the Daisy Meredith home. Marchelle quickly became absorbed in learning her role while implementing new routines and traditions. Marchelle is creative and innovative. She also brings an atmosphere of ‘fun’ wherever she goes. While Marchelle was warmly received by youth and staff, she still had professional gains to be made as she was new to this field of work. Marchelle has actively sought out her peers and her supervisors for guidance when working with youth from hard places and their families. Her desire to continue to improve and develop professionally had become visible to others as she is currently managing two homes. This past July, Marchelle was asked to provide coverage for the Price home. She not only agreed, but volunteered to fully manage both the Price and Daisy Meredith homes. The Price home was her first experience with managing a shift work home and working with male youth. Marchelle was able to implement processes and routines at the Price home that have assisted with the success of the youth and staff. Marchelle’s growth is evident in her ability to see the agency from a global perspective. She had an array of ‘tools’ in her professional toolbox that have allowed her to work with especially challenging youth. Marchelle is currently working toward her Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) licensure. It is encouraging to witness Marchell’s growth and investment in her role at MCH.”
“It was an honor and I am extremely grateful to receive the Core Award for Growth,” said Villa. “In my first few weeks as a unit manager I was quickly given huge opportunities to put my skills to work, while at the same time learning and growing in every aspect of my professional and personal life. I am thankful to be at an agency that has taught me so much and continues to teach me every day.”
Erica Reyes-Rosas, associate administrator, and Villa’s supervisor had this to share. “Marchelle is tenacious and eager when it comes to her role as a unit manager. She has encountered transitions as she has worked in various homes with a diverse set of youth. She always finds creative ways to connect with youth in order to foster success. It has been a joy to witness the skills and wisdom that Marchelle had gained during her time at MCH. Marchelle is an asset to our community and we are thankful for her dedication to service!”