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Socially Necessary Services Client Review

In July, the Socially Necessary Services program went through a client review. We were over whelming pleased with the outcome. The majority of the clients gave all positive reviews for our employees, but several of our clients took it upon themselves to say some really wonderful things about our employees. Some of the comments that were made were about how helpful, and amazing our employees are. Some clients mentioned that without the help of our staff, that they didn’t know where their families would be. It was truly inspiring to hear these comments from our clients. We decided to recognize those that were positively recognized by their clients. Each of these people have received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Client Reviews from Home Base Inc. for their dedication and hard to work.

 

Alexandra Norris – Ohio/Marshall County
Ashley Burns – Grant/Hardy County
Ashley Crandall- Harrison County
Brittany Davis – Kanawha County
Brittney Smallwood- Grant/Hardy County
Carmella Rice – Berkeley County
Crissi Christy – Harrison County
Eric Crook – Ohio/ Marshall County
Eric Moats – Harrison County
James Jordan- Ohio/ Marshall County
Jessica Gajtka- Daniels- Ohio/ Marshall County
Joseph Lins- Berkeley County
Laura Childers- Wood County
Leslie Davis- Randolph County
Misty Waits- Grant/Hardy County
Nicole Bay- Harrison County
Nina O’Connor- Berkeley County
Stacy Rogers- Harrison County
Stella Bryan- Ohio/ Marshall County
Summer Harper- Ohio/ Marshall County
Tracie Allen- Wood County
Yalonda Simmons- Ohio/ Marshall County

 

Thank you to all of our employees for their continued dedication and hard work. It is truly appreciated.

Main Street Fair, Kingwood, WV!

Supervisors Caroline McMillan and Addie Maxwell attended the Main Street Fair in Preston County. The fair consisted of old and new businesses on Main Street with booths for games, activities, shopping and homemade foods open for the public. New to Main Street is Home Base Inc.’s new satellite office, located in the historic Brown Building, in Kingwood. Along side Home Base Inc.’s  booth, which offered free corn hole, candy and prizes for children, was the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) booth, Relay for Life, local eateries and local shops.

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Addie states that being able to participate and give back to the community to support families and those that hold pride for their historic hometown was a privilege for herself and Caroline, both.

It is Caroline and Addie’s belief that taking part in these small neighborhoods is vital to the strength of service delivery, connecting with clientele, and uplifting a sense of volunteerism and community.

 

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Welcome New Employees

Frank, Angela
Residential Coordinator
Upshur County Group Home
(724) 678-2477

Angela has a Bachelor of Arts from Waynesburg University in Psychology and a focus on Criminal Justice. She has worked as a Loan Processor Assistant at Mariah Venture Capital and Consulting.  She has completed her internship at the Green County Probation and Parole office.

DRAFT-September-HBNews.inddLawson, Larry
Outreach Coordinator
Wheeling
(740) 707-9341

Larry has a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio University in English and Education. He has worked with AmeriCorps and Ohio University Intramural Sports.

DRAFT-September-HBNews.inddNewsom, Chris
Outreach Coordinator
Petersburg
(304) 641-7849

Chris has a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University in Sociology and Anthropology. He is a professional musician and has worked as a Percussion Coordinator at Elkins High School.

DRAFT-September-HBNews.inddRomel, Jessica
Outreach Coordinator
Wheeling
(304) 830-2571

Jessica has a Bachelor of Specialized Studies from Ohio University Eastern concentrated in Health Sciences, Communications, and Sociology. Her most current employment was as a Health Educator at the Belmont-Harrison Gender Specific Program.

Camp Tradition: The Cranberry Outing

When the first group home opened in 1999, a tradition was started that has prevailed to this day. At the end of each summer, prior to school starting and our boys being subjected to the uphill battle of lugging books and binders through the halls of education, we strap backpacks on their backs and seek a trail in the Monongahela National Forest for peace, meditation and stress management practice.

2012-August-HBNews.inddPrevious years have taken us to the Dolly Sods Wilderness area, Otter Creek Wilderness area, Greenbrier Trail, the Allegheny Trail and various other remote trails throughout the forest. This year we expanded our repertoire and tackled the Cranberry Glades Wilderness.

As is customary, we mapped out about 25 miles of terrain that would be covered for the five-day trip.

The Cranberry presented numerous challenges for both staff and residents. Aside from the fact that the Cranberry is one of the most remote wildernesses on the East Coast, we would be trekking through dense forest on rarely used trails with novice backpackers and charting unknown territory, at least for us. Additionally this would be a trip with two full group homes and only three staff.

hike-from-behindDay one, setting up our master station, was camp at Summit lake. Chelsey brought a small racing canoe and all the kids got to paddle around the lake. Surprisingly there was only one capsize, even though Damon nearly sank the back half when he was sitting in it. He needs to lose some weight!

We also stretched our legs on a 5.5 mile day hike to Lick Branch and back. After gaining our bearings and some practice pitching tents and packing backpacks, it was into the wild.

We started our march at the Forks of the Cranberry trail head, a 7.5 mile hike along a beautiful rocky ridge overlooking the Williams River valley to the west and then plunging nearly 1,000 feet down the east slope in a short quarter mile span to the junction of the North Fork and South Fork of the Cranberry River.

cranberry-outingEveryone was glad to see that rushing water and eager for a dip. Backpacks hit the ground, shoes flew off and we hit the water. Screams filled the air and within two seconds, we were out. That water was cold! It had just left the earth at a chilling 57 degrees near the head waters — which is where we were. (Pool water is usually around 84 degrees in the summer.)

Oh well! None of us had bathed in two days and after that hike we were filthy, stinky people. So back in for a brisk and speedy wash with our camp soap. A couple of the boys actually “warmed up” to it and floated around in the rapids for almost an hour.

Meals were cooked. Jokes were played. Stunts were performed. Then it was dark. Having seen several piles of black bear scat along the way, sleeping was a bit tenuous.

hikeNext day, we’d hike another 5.5 miles back up the South Fork to our shuttle location. The original plan to hike out on an 8.2 mile, more northerly route, was scratched. We’d pushed our luck enough and played it safe.

Four hours later we were being shuttled to our next camp site on the east side of the wilderness, not far from Richwood.

lakeJoe and Damon, sitting around the camp fire, were bragging about their luck with the trip and the great weather. An hour later all the tents were being flooded by a torrential downpour that lasted about 40 minutes. The next morning, the drive home was in a slightly saturated state of damp, hungry and stinky bliss.

You should join us next time!

Home Base Inc. now offers a new paid leave donation option

An employee (donater) can now donate paid leave to another employee (donatee).

This policy permits such a donation (by donater) to occur when an employee (donatee) has need for additional paid leave because he/she (donatee) has exhausted all paid leave. The need may arise due to the donatee’s own illness or from the donatee’s need to care for a family member who has a serious medical hardship or illness.

Amanda Shipley, Personnel

Amanda Shipley, Personnel

This policy is not intended to cover an employee (donatee) who has a common illness or an illness or injury covered by worker’s compensation. Similarly, this policy is not intended to provide leave to any employee (donatee) who is on probation, not in good standing with the company, or has previously abused any paid leave. Contact Human Resources for a copy of the complete policy and all forms required to participate in the program.

Looking Forward

A Note from the Founder and CEO

Damon Cater, Founder and CEO

Damon Cater, Founder and CEO

Next month, Home Base Inc. will be 17-years-old. From my perspective, having founded the corporation in 1996, I can tell you that time is definitely relative; creeping by at a snail’s pace in many of the early years that we were

getting off the ground, operating on shoe-string budgets, and flying by like a Japanese high-speed train when we were opening offices throughout the state – at a rate of one per year.

We have had many triumphs as well as many heartbreaks. Yet here we are — stronger than ever and looking forward to a bright and meaningful future.

Home Base Inc. has always boasted of being the only truly community-based residential treatment program in the state. Our recidivism reports that are on file with the residential licensing board certainly indicate that it

is one of — if not the most — effective program in the state. We are successful in preventing kids who enter residential treatment from relapsing and returning to state custody.

Today we can also boast that we are the largest and most widely used Socially Necessary Service provider in West Virginia.

“We are successful in preventing kids who enter residential treatment from relapsing and returning to state custody.”

With offices located in Randolph, Marion, Kanawha, Greenbrier, Hardy, Berkeley and, most recently, Ohio counties, Home Base Inc. is the most comprehensive and physically-accessible SNS provider beating all other agencies hands down in the entire state.

We owe this success to all of the workers who have dedicated their efforts to the families and children we serve.

From our very beginning, Home Base’s leadership has continued to develop a culture that values and prioritizes relationships with and among employees. This is evident in the payroll and benefits that the agency provides. Employees are also treated compassionately during time of need and crisis.

I’m proud to report that we enhanced salaries for all residential child care workers in 2011, and rate increases were approved for OCs meeting annual requirements. These actions reflect HBI’s commitment and appreciation of the employees who operate this agency.

And I believe we can do more.

We are currently working on strategies to improve and simplify billing — freeing-up OCs and Unit Supervisors to focus on families and supervision. This process allows OCs to enter their billing hours into a web-based program that generates all the required authorizations and forms to accurately bill for services.

We are also always researching the best rates for premiums and quality health insurance coverages. Recently we added dental and eye care to our comprehensive coverage package at very little cost per month to the employees.

Home Base Inc. will continue to grow, as new health care reform policies increase the need for services to our most vulnerable families and children.

As we grow, more opportunities outside of the child care and therapeutic skill set will become necessary — including training, human resources, information technology, and marketing and communications.

I encourage you to talk to your friends and family about their professional goals and interests in working for one of the most progressive and innovative DHHR contractors in the state.

Thank you all, for your hard work and dedication.

Sincerely,

Damon Cater Founder/CEO