I can honestly say that I am proud to be a part of the Journey Found team! I work in the business office so I don’t get to see all the people we support on a daily basis. I look forward to all the social events Journey Found holds and am always humbled by the love and support that our staff show to the people we support. The patience our employee’s exhibit and their dedication is exemplary! It is no wonder that the people we support here at Journey Found continue to flourish! Supporting choices, enhancing lives and fulfilling dreams! That is what Journey Found is all about!
As founders and Board members we are very proud of what Journey Found has achieved in a few years. This is a truly unique nonprofit agency. The culture ingrained in the organization's collective psyche is to provide a supportive and caring environment to people with intellectual disabilities to help them lead a productive life. If you come to the agency’s main office, visit its various programs or attend its social gatherings you will be struck by the smiles on the people the organization supports and how much the staff is motivated. The field of services to people with disabilities is very challenging. Journey Found is an organization willing to tackle these challenges, learn from them and continuously strive to improve the lives of the people it serves. Maryse and Pierre Wicker
It is a wonderful experience to work for an organization where people are passionate about what they do. Journey Found puts the focus on people's abilities, rather than their disabilities, and helps to create a supportive environment to allow people to explore their abilities and achieve their dreams. They develop meaningful person centered programs that are uniquely created for each person they support. From the support staff to the administrative staff and leadership, you won't find a group of people more dedicated to what they do.
As one of the founders of Journey Found I'm pleased to talk about our mission statement.
" The mission of Journey Found is to enable each individual to become all that they are capable of being"
This statement leads to our person centered philosophy when working with new disabled individuals that require our services. Instead of offering a fixed program that wouldn't fit the person, we tailor a program to fit their needs and desires. The result is to provide a program that brings out the best of the individual and help them make progress and improvements in their life. We want them to be happy.
Another way of saying this is " The answer is yes, what is the question?"
The overall result of this is that the individuals we serve are doing things they enjoy and are very comfortable in their surroundings.
One individual who is in his 30's and nonverbal surprised everyone recently by saying hello to his mother for the very first time. The first words he ever spoke. Amazing!
We cannot eliminate the disabilities these people have but creating a welcome environment can sometime lead to real improvements. This is only one example of how Journey Found has made a difference in the life of a disabled person. It's exciting to see these improvements and the results of the programs we have made for the people we serve.
I've worked and volunteered with various non-profits throughout the years, and Journey Found Inc. has proven to be an organization that truly cares about their employees and individuals they serve. Since I've come on board with the agency this July, I've witnessed compassion, teamwork, and great work ethic from this organization.
The individuals served are truly happy and it shows with every smile I see, and laughter I hear on a daily basis. I have the privilege of interacting with such beautiful people everyday. I also get to work with a dynamic team of professionals who love what they do!
Finally, in all my years of working.... I'm happy to say I honestly love my job!