Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
Today, at TreeHouse, is our All-Staff Fiscal Year-End Celebration. Today’s event is our annual review and celebration of what God – through people – has been doing at TreeHouse in the past fiscal year. We’ll enjoy lunch, have fun together and sing celebration songs.
Today will also be the announcement of our “Persons of Hope” award winners.
Each year, staff submit their votes for awards are given to recognize TreeHouse employees for their excellence in what they do. As our Executive Director Becky Walker explained, “we know that some go above and beyond the ‘call of duty’ each and every day and we want to acknowledge those efforts!”
The categories are:
* Life Transformation
As Becky explained, “An outstanding person in this category pours into the lives of others, continually offering hope through dramatic life changes and spiritual transformation.”
As I said, these are given to “employees.” And, though I may have “wasted my vote” by not following the rules, I want to let you know who I voted for, and why I voted the way I did.
This year I voted for Allison Hill. (pictured on the bottom far left)
Allison Hill: I know that our tradition has been to award this title to paid staff, but this year I would like to commend our Brooklyn Park TreeHouse volunteer Allison Hill.
Paid staff, Sally Mixon and now LeAndra Williams, have made profound impacts in the lives of teens at the Brooklyn Park TreeHouse, but the only female to be at almost everything and done untold one-on-ones with our students has been Allison Hill.
Allison works full-time, but finds the time for one-on-one mentoring, leads small groups, provides transportation to both weekly programs, and has attended almost all of our trips.
Allison has encouraged, empowered, challenged and charmed our teens. Many of our teens would have left TreeHouse through the transitions if not for Allison’s genuine love and concern for them.
While I may have wasted my vote because I did not vote for an employee, Allison has all but wasted her time. Time and again teens have expressed their love and appreciating for the kindness Allison has shown them.
– Allison patiently listens
– Allison graciously encourages
– Allison wisely suggests
– Allison energetically loves others unconditionally
TreeHouse is known for love, hope and transformation, and Allison is too.
Thanks Allison for being a Person of Hope!