Mission: Canopy Children’s Solution’s mission is to help children thrive and families overcome extraordinary challenges by providing a continuum of behavioral health, educational, and social service solutions.
On October 10, 2018, Canopy, in collaboration with Mississippi College, co-hosted the Haley Rose Gunter Autism Conference, "Navigating Autistic Life: Our Journey Together" at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. Canopy's Autism Solutions team led breakout sessions for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) CEUs.
Several members of the Canopy Children’s Solutions team were featured presenters at the 2018 Trauma Informed Care Conference in Jackson, MS. Canopy’s Sarah Howe, MS, Organizational Development Training Specialist, spoke on ways to create healing classrooms through the use of trauma informed care and the necessity of training trauma informed teachers and staff in schools. Canopy’s Monica Roberts, LPC, CARES Center Therapist, and Caleb Cauthen, MS, Outpatient Therapist, presented on the use of play therapy as an effective tool when working with children who have experienced trauma and how the use of play therapy can aid in communication, healing, and overall development.
At Canopy Children's Solutions, our mission is to improve the lives of children and families by providing a continuum of compassionate, measureable and effective behavioral health and social services.
With an organization as large and far-reaching as Canopy Children's Solutions, our Core Values permeate everything we do. From staff recruitment to our program initiatives, these values guide us as we devise compassionate solutions for the emotional and physical issues faced by our children.
What do our Core Values mean to us?
Our four core values define our day-to-day actions and decision-making at every level in our organization.
The VOICE of our children and families always comes first.
It is no mistake that this core value comes first. The voice of our children and families is the starting place for everything we do. Committed to a full partnership with those entrusted to our care, our family-driven, youth-guided services build upon the unique strengths and culture of each family.
We understand the centrality of relationships in the work we do. We strive to form relationships throughout, within, and beyond the organization that will aid in the process of creating change. From the board room to the classroom (and at all levels in between), relationships are the building blocks of our success! Through the power of positive relationships, every child can be a success story.
We take great JOY in service to others.
Selflessly working for a cause greater than ourselves is the heartbeat of our work. Finding joy in meeting others’ needs allows our staff to move beyond themselves to serve, encourage, and provide hope to children and families during difficult times.
Our families and our communities deserve our VERY BEST.
For over 100 years, we have endeavored to deliver care of the highest quality. We have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of emerging best practices and state-of-the-art service delivery. As stewards of a century of progress, we work very hard in meeting the needs of the current generation of Mississippians. Nevertheless, we can and must get better – our families and communities deserve it.
Do you have a passion for helping children? Do you wish for every child to live in a healthy and safe environment with opportunities for growth and achievement?
There is great satisfaction in working for an organization that makes a demonstrable difference in the lives of children. At Canopy Children's Solutions, we recruit individuals who are competent and skilled in their particular field, but we primarily seek those who have a desire to serve the children and families of Mississippi.
The Canopy Children's Solution's story is expressed best through the voices of the children and families who have been touched by our organization throughout the years. Read some of our Stories of Hope and learn more about how lives can be transformed through the love and support of caring individuals.
During her first child and family team meeting, the topic of Jessica’s birthday came up once again. The team explained how she would be included in the group party the Auxiliary would host the following month. Jessica nodded in acknowledgment and quietly hung her head. Noticing something was still on her mind, her therapist, Ms. Lisa, took her aside. Jessica whispered sadly into Ms. Lisa’s ear, “I just really wanted a birthday of my own. I’ve never had one before.” She wrapped Jessica tightly in her arms and exclaimed, “We will make sure you have a birthday party!” Jessica went on to share a vivid and heart wrenching description of past birthdays that brought tears to the staff’s eyes.
“It was the most heartbreaking thing,” said Ms. Lisa. “The more we learned about her past, the more upsetting it was. This precious baby; there was no way we could not give her a party!”
As Jessica left the room, the team quickly took to creating a special day for Jessica. They were each determined she would not go another birthday without feeling loved. The entire children’s staff, including nurses, therapists, case workers, milieu coordinators and residential care specialists, came together to purchase decorations, gifts, brightly colored cupcakes, balloons and snacks for the occasion—everything they needed to make Jessica a “Princess for a Day.”
The staff also included the other children from the children’s cottage in helping plan the festivities. During the cottage group session, which includes the residents ages 6-11, therapists asked the children what was their favorite part of having a birthday. As each child shared, staff jotted down ideas of how to make Jessica’s party more fun and exciting. They explained to the children how their new friend Jessica had never had a birthday party before and how wonderful it would be for them to help make her day special. The children, who at that age are typically very “me” centric, were enthusiastic about creating a memorable experience for Jessica. Each child decorated a birthday card with special messages of love and encouragement to be given during the party.
The day of the party, Canopy maintenance technicians and other staff worked diligently to transform the cafeteria into a palace fit for a princess. The technicians hung streamers from the ceiling and blew up balloons, while others decorated tables and wrapped gifts.
“One of the staff members from the cottage came and asked for a ladder,” said Bryan, one of the maintenance staff. “When we asked what they needed it for, they told us a little about Jessica’s story and how they were throwing a party for her. They didn’t ask us, but we stopped what we were doing to go help out. We don’t work with the kids a whole lot, but that was something we could do.”
Putting aside a list of job duties that needed attention, each staff member patiently worked to ensure every detail was in order to bring joy to Jessica. Some staff came in during their time off to pitch in and take part in the celebration.
“I hate for anyone to go through what [Jessica] did, so we wanted to help make it special,” added Travis, who also works on the maintenance team. “We hung streamers and made sure everything was perfect, that it looked perfect.”
“When you work for a place like Canopy, it isn’t about you. It’s about the kids and finding how you can make a difference for them.”
With the scene set, the party-goers waited excitedly for Jessica to enter the cafeteria. With a boisterous “SURPRISE!” celebration began. Startled at first, Jessica relaxed and gave her biggest smile as the group serenaded her with the “Happy Birthday” song. At one point she asked, “So, what do you do at a birthday party?”—a question that pierces your very soul. With a big smile, staff guided Jessica to the snack table to pick out her very first cupcake. Her seat was adorned with a silver princess crown and decorated with colorful balloons (which she had also never seen before). She was introduced to Cheetos® for the first time and showed off her moves on the dance floor. Nearly every experience was new and exciting, making the party as much fun for the honored guest as it was for the attendees.
“It was an honor for me, as well as other Canopy staff, to be able to throw a birthday party for a child that has had so little in her lifetime,” said Rachel, one of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. “To be able to have the other kids excited to participate in her very first birthday party was an awesome experience.”
Seeing Jessica delight in her first birthday experience was worth more than money can buy. Staff, as well as complete strangers, gave of themselves to lavish Jessica with dolls, books, and her personal favorite, a princess jewelry set. More than the material items, they gave her hope that the world is not such a terrifying and hurtful place. For the first time ever, Jessica felt loved.
“The fiancé of one of our residential specialists, who had never met Jessica obviously, sent a little jewelry set for the party,” said Ms. Lisa. “She was so excited opening that up. She didn’t even show everyone what it was, just tore into the package and started putting it all on. She was so proud of that jewelry.”
Healing a broken spirit is much harder than fixing a physical wound. These emotional injuries are delicate—they cannot be shielded with a cast or held together with stitches. They are overcome by resiliency developed from the careful guidance and encouragement of someone who truly believes in the power of transformation. That is what makes Canopy so special.
At Canopy Children’s Solutions, we believe in our mission and take our values seriously. They serve as a basis for everything we do and define our company culture – a culture characterized by an extraordinary sense of purpose. Canopy’s mission is to help children thrive and families overcome extraordinary challenges by providing a continuum of behavioral health, educational, and social service solutions.
Canopy’s leadership team knows that building a smart and healthy work culture is essential when building a successful organization. This work culture is smart when the organization consists of disciplined people, disciplined thought, and results-driven, disciplined action, and healthy when the organization is defined by minimal politics, low confusion, high morale, low turnover, and high productivity.
Canopy’s employees are charged with building a healthy work culture within their teams. Most of all, the teams focus on trust and also the collective goal of helping kids thrive and families overcome extraordinary challenges.
Canopy employees contribute directly to the success of children and families in Mississippi. Therefore, we are looking for team members who put the voice of children first, believe that relationships matter, find great joy in service to others, and consistently give their very best. Those who are committed to our core values find great personal satisfaction in their work. Do you share our passion for transforming the lives of children and helping them thrive? Visit us at https://mycanopy.org/about-canopy/careers/ to apply for our open opportunities.
I have been working at Canopy Children's Solutions part-time (Less than a year)
Working at Canopy Children's Solutions has changed my life. The company core values, investments in relationships with co-workers, and care for families well being is what makes working here so great. At Canopy, I have learned how to be more transparent, honest, and open...even in my own life outside of my job. At Canopy, we are a team and I am constantly reminded of that. Recently I ran into the CEO of Canopy, and I got the chance to tell him why I love working here so much. His intention, care, and listening ears made me realize that this company & its values stand true. Relationships really do matter at Canopy. Whether it is my supervisor's encouragement to continue to love what I do and to be there for the families & children we serve, or my co-workers (in all departments) who have made this job so enjoyable, I am so grateful for the chance to be an employee at Canopy Children's Solutions.
The only con I have is that I wish I was full-time.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Canopy Children's Solutions in July 2013.
Detailed interview about your knowledge in mental health, techniques and medications. Discuss your experience and skills. Be able to read a scenario and discuss treatment plan. Overall good interview. Just know your stuff
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