Most of us first hear the phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ at a young age. I can remember my family reminding me to look beyond appearances and always try to find the good in people. I’m grateful for their guidance because it’s been deeply embedded in how I try to view the world. Some of the most interesting and thoughtful people I’ve ever met could be viewed by some as unusual, awkward or different. There’s something to learn from everyone. It’s advice I’ve passed on to my two sons as they’ve grown up.
That’s why I value diversity and why Southwest Key places such a high value on diversity. As an organization, we become better problem solvers and more innovative thinkers when we hire and retain people with varied perspectives and backgrounds. If everyone who worked at Southwest Key came from the same point of view, every solution we offer will be identical.
That’s a critical point when it comes to serving our youth and families. The clients we work with come from unique and diverse backgrounds – no two are the same. Each requires a thoughtful and individualized care strategy, not a one-size-fits-all approach.
I feel very blessed to be able to change the lives of so many children and young adults and to work with thousands of compassionate caregivers who feel the same way. The organization we have built together – one that values diversity and refuses to judge people based on their circumstances – inspires me every day.