|Admin team members celebrate Darcie’s anniversary at The Home.
(L-R) Cindy Naylor, Jessica McKay, Megan Avery Zellner,
William Metz, Darcie DeShazo, Kat Edwards, Michelle Spikes,
Maggie Johnson, Marilyn Willson, Brandi Winters.
After 100 years, we have pride in the work we do. We are proud of The Settlement Club and its support over the last century and we are proud of the organization that we are today. Many of you know about our continuum of care, which allows our residents to move between programs, giving them the support they need in their treatment and providing the opportunity for them to stay within The Settlement Home community, rather than uprooting and going to another organization to pursue their treatment goals. In the same essence of the continuum of care, we are proud of the way our staff are able to develop, grow, and become eligible for other positions within the organization. The employee perks, weekly staff development and internal promotion opportunities we provide sets us apart from other nonprofits.
Our own Executive Director, Darcie DeShazo, followed this staff continuum at The Settlement Home and celebrates 16 years of employment this month. Darcie began working here as a relief staff and served in several direct care roles, including houseparent before going to graduate school to get her Master’s in Social Work. She then became the Therapist and Supervisor of Moody Cottage, Group Home Program Director, Associate Director, and now is our Executive Director. In recognition of Darcie’s years of service, several of our program directors wrote haiku poems for her about her time at The Home.
There is no “I” in TEAM Gardener at heart Fiercely committed
You push our cohesion Feeding souls with time and love Doing all that is needed
Except with squirrels.* Keeper of the soil. Darcie has our back.
(*inside joke about a squirrel in Darcie’s office….story to come)!
We are grateful for Darcie’s service in multiple roles at The Settlement Home. She has truly touched the lives of hundreds of children in her time here, and we know as she leads us into the next 100 years, she’ll continue to do so.
Interested in learning more about our staff and their journey through the continuum? In the coming months, we’ll be chatting with our staff and sharing their stories on our blog. You might be surprised to see how many staff have changed positions within our organization, further impacting the lives they change daily.