Community responds to help KidsPeace

Community responds to help KidsPeace

There are 13 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 4, 2009, titled Community responds to help KidsPeace. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

We at KidsPeace experienced a fire at one of our children's residences in Orefield .

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kathy65

Bangor, PA

#1 Aug 4, 2009
very nice...the bottom line..."its for the kids" and when we think that way,positive things happen.
the queen

Allentown, PA

#2 Aug 4, 2009
i have to say that in the nearly 15 years i have worked for KidsPeace, Will is the most approcable, realistic, and communicative CEO that we have ever had. He has essentially no holds barred town hall meetings, and he puts himself out there, and I appreciate that. You dont have to get through Secret service (like prior CEO'S) and you are not berated for legitimate questions. Outsiders are always going to try to be negative, but we do a good thing at KidsPeace, if i didnt think that, i wouldnt be here as long as I have.
YEA RIGHT

Slatington, PA

#3 Aug 4, 2009
the queen wrote:
i have to say that in the nearly 15 years i have worked for KidsPeace, Will is the most approcable, realistic, and communicative CEO that we have ever had. He has essentially no holds barred town hall meetings, and he puts himself out there, and I appreciate that. You dont have to get through Secret service (like prior CEO'S) and you are not berated for legitimate questions. Outsiders are always going to try to be negative, but we do a good thing at KidsPeace, if i didnt think that, i wouldnt be here as long as I have.
What will you say when you get laid off in about 8 weeks??? or you reach 11 bucks an hour!!!
the queen

Allentown, PA

#4 Aug 4, 2009
YEA RIGHT wrote:
<quoted text>What will you say when you get laid off in about 8 weeks??? or you reach 11 bucks an hour!!!
well fortunately i work for a department that has never been coddled, and treated as elite...I'm assuming your working in residential...dont give me your sob story about riots and holds...work at a community programs program for a week, then we'll talk...
Jim

United States

#5 Aug 4, 2009
YEA RIGHT wrote:
<quoted text>What will you say when you get laid off in about 8 weeks??? or you reach 11 bucks an hour!!!
What do you think she will say? Probably the same thing everyone else who has been laid off or had a pay decrease says. If she does good work, and the organization does good work, then being personally affected by economic conditions shouldn't have any impact on how one feels about that. Only immature minds personalize such things, and get vindictive when their world gets impacted. I was laid off from KidsPeace, and will always be proud of the work I did, and even the company I worked for.
hasto

Allentown, PA

#6 Aug 4, 2009
the queen wrote:
<quoted text>
well fortunately i work for a department that has never been coddled, and treated as elite...I'm assuming your working in residential...dont give me your sob story about riots and holds...work at a community programs program for a week, then we'll talk...
Communtiy programs.?!??! HAHAHHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AHHHAAAAAAAAA. the softes, biggest joke program in all of KidsPeace. The only people who work in those programs are the ones who can't cut it in residential.
Jim

United States

#7 Aug 4, 2009
hasto wrote:
<quoted text>Communtiy programs.?!??! HAHAHHAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AHHHAAAAAAAAA. the softes, biggest joke program in all of KidsPeace. The only people who work in those programs are the ones who can't cut it in residential.
First off There is no process of deciding who is "better", and sending them to the toughest programs. Each program hires their own staff, and being someone who used to do some of the hiring, I can tell you there is virtually no discussion between programs when an applicant is considered. Secondly, I have worked both Residential and Commmunity programs, and I can tell you neither is easier or harder than the other. Community kids are supposed to have more self control, but often don't. And when that is discovered, they can't restrain, give PRN's, or call for extra staff like in residential. Likewise, Residnetial kids are supposed to be tougher, but often aren't. Over 80% of Residential kids never experience a restraint. Keep in mind that in residential, you have more ability to give consequences that motivate, as well as rewards, that aren't available in community programs.

I have done Residential, Community,(and Hospital), and have hired for all three levels. I can tell you with authority that there is no "elite" staff, or sense of "this one is really talented, we need to put him/her in residential, where the kids are harder to work with." You are literally hired according to which program has the opening.
a person

Blandon, PA

#8 Aug 4, 2009
the queen wrote:
i have to say that in the nearly 15 years i have worked for KidsPeace, Will is the most approcable, realistic, and communicative CEO that we have ever had. He has essentially no holds barred town hall meetings, and he puts himself out there, and I appreciate that. You dont have to get through Secret service (like prior CEO'S) and you are not berated for legitimate questions. Outsiders are always going to try to be negative, but we do a good thing at KidsPeace, if i didnt think that, i wouldnt be here as long as I have.
I can only hope things are better now at Kidspeace then when I worked there. As a nurse, I was disillusioned and feared for the children there.
the quwen

Allentown, PA

#9 Aug 4, 2009
Jim wrote:
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First off There is no process of deciding who is "better", and sending them to the toughest programs. Each program hires their own staff, and being someone who used to do some of the hiring, I can tell you there is virtually no discussion between programs when an applicant is considered. Secondly, I have worked both Residential and Commmunity programs, and I can tell you neither is easier or harder than the other. Community kids are supposed to have more self control, but often don't. And when that is discovered, they can't restrain, give PRN's, or call for extra staff like in residential. Likewise, Residnetial kids are supposed to be tougher, but often aren't. Over 80% of Residential kids never experience a restraint. Keep in mind that in residential, you have more ability to give consequences that motivate, as well as rewards, that aren't available in community programs.
I have done Residential, Community,(and Hospital), and have hired for all three levels. I can tell you with authority that there is no "elite" staff, or sense of "this one is really talented, we need to put him/her in residential, where the kids are harder to work with." You are literally hired according to which program has the opening.
oh I'm not saying they are hired because they are "elite" but they are then treated that way because its residential, and thats where the money is...see where that mindset has gotten us. but I do agree with the rest of your comment...residential staff in my mind have no idea the perks they get, getting pay bonuses (just 'cause) getting bonuses for not calling out sick (just 'Cause)
Bob

United States

#10 Aug 4, 2009
Just another sign that KidsPeace is about to be closed.
Marc

United States

#11 Aug 5, 2009
Bob wrote:
Just another sign that KidsPeace is about to be closed.
An article that talks about how well the community responded when a fire broke out is a sign that KidsPeace is about to be closed? What am I missing here?
still employed

Allentown, PA

#12 Aug 5, 2009
YEA RIGHT wrote:
<quoted text>What will you say when you get laid off in about 8 weeks??? or you reach 11 bucks an hour!!!
If I were them I would say….At least I still have a job, even with a pay cut….At least I hung in there and rode out the storm.
Help

Allentown, PA

#13 Aug 5, 2009
the quwen wrote:
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oh I'm not saying they are hired because they are "elite" but they are then treated that way because its residential, and thats where the money is...see where that mindset has gotten us. but I do agree with the rest of your comment...residential staff in my mind have no idea the perks they get, getting pay bonuses (just 'cause) getting bonuses for not calling out sick (just 'Cause)
What bonuses I wish I had those perks in my department I have only taken 1 sick day this year.

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