The mission of Cathedral Home for Children is to restore hope, strengthen relationships, and build futures.
To restore hope, strengthen relationships, and build futures, CHC operates on the central principle that relationships are the key to treatment delivery.
Each of the cornerstones of the agency springs from and returns to the foundations of attachment theory. The importance placed upon relationships is based on several underlying assumptions:
People cannot thrive without a sense of belonging.
Every person needs a relationship with a significant person who believes in him or her.
Because many people have experienced tremendous loss, essential aspects of therapeutic alliances are safety, security, and trust.
Children experience the kinds of problems which result in out-of-home care because of interruptions or crises in the attachment process.
The most effective treatment for children is that which occurs in the context of a family-like environment.
Within the context of relationships, people can find the strength needed to take the risks necessary to promote change.
Relationship-reluctant children need corrective relationships to overcome insecure attachments.
Healthy relationships are the key to change.
The following six treatment principles are based on our core philosophy.
- Responsibility gives a sense of contribution.
- Responsibility allows ownership of the direction of lives, behaviors, and emotions.
- Responsibility enhances a sense of self-worth.
- Responsibility allows a person to become a successful, contributing member of the family, the community, and the world.
- People need a safe environment, created by clear and consistent expectations, in which they can develop independence.
- People with the ability to think for themselves and shed negative labels are better able to find their place in the world, unencumbered by the limits of childhood experiences.
- Everyone should know some joy each day and look forward to some joyous event tomorrow.
- The development of resiliency skills promotes a sense of optimism and persistence in the face of failure that in turn promotes a sense of hope.
- Spirituality allows people to look beyond their limits to see that others have needs as great or greater, to see that others have pain as great or greater, and to learn to share themselves and their possessions without looking always for what they will receive.
- Spirituality allows people to look within to know their own strength, their own purpose, their own value, and to be guided by these when facing life's challenges.