Core Value: Compassion | August 2021 Agency News

In the book “Just Mercy’, Bryan Stevenson tells the story of a Walter McMillan who was falsely accused of murder in the deep south. McMillan served 6 years on death row and was finally released once evidence was presented which clearly proved his innocence.  Without Stevenson's compassion for those who have been affected by the justice system, Walter McMillan and hundreds of others would have been executed.

Compassion is one of our core values at Family Service. We believe in treating everyone with dignity and respect. Oftentimes, those in society without resources are pushed to the side and seen as unimportant. We believe how you treat anybody is how you treat everybody. Whether you are a famous CEO, struggling with addiction, or experiencing homelessness, everyone deserves compassionate treatment.

We believe that your past mistakes do not define who you are as a person. You are more than your worst decision. We listen and learn and believe that no matter where you are starting from, positive growth is possible. We have an incredible lineup of programs and professionals who are eager to help.

We are always extremely encouraged when clients overcome challenges, embody their potential, and make real change. This type of change only happens when we start from a place of compassion and a willingness to listen. Thank you for continuing to support our work at Family Service.

Stay safe,

Mark Butler, MS

Executive Director