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  1. "Place of Love"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hill Country Youth Ranch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The children. The children are amazing. They can act/react in fear sometimes because of where they've been, but the moments of vulnerability and tenderness are worth everything else. I've felt more love from them than maybe any other group of people I've been around. To have the chance to love these kids through their formative years, when others didn't want to or didn't know how, trumps a lot of the challenges that are faced here.

    All of these staff love these children so much, and will fight for them, and sacrifice so much. It's an honor to be a part of them. And when it gets down to it, they will always help each other when asked. We share a common experience here and you'll find many other people here who "know what it's like" and can help comfort and restore on those difficult days.

    As far as childcare goes, this place is unique. Many state workers and CASA workers have noted the same. There is a loving, family atmosphere here that is irreplaceable. Any family has all kinds of unique individuals, but when you recognize the value of diversity, it's a beautiful thing.

    Cons

    It is easy to feel alone and isolated. There are a lot of things to keep you busy, whether you're on house parent staff or otherwise. Employees must remind themselves to keep interests outside of work, and make an effort to reach out to other staff, and stay physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy. As with any place, it really is what you make it. As you are working with abused children, there can be a lot of negativity to feed. Or, you can feed the incredible amount of positive that's blooming all the time.

    Advice to Management

    These guys step in and do things beyond the call of duty all the time. They support the staff and work overtime, and much of that can go unnoticed.


  2. "Don't rock the boat"

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    Former Employee - Direct Care Worker in Ingram, TX
    Former Employee - Direct Care Worker in Ingram, TX
    Recommends
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    I worked at Hill Country Youth Ranch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with some amazing kids who just need a second chance and someone to listen. Great for single people with no attachments or outside responsibilities who can devote their entire schedule and life to working here.

    Cons

    Scheduling, coworker drama, gossip, lack of creative control, religious discrimination. You won't get rich here, either. Not a great opportunity for people with families.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone should feel they have a voice and should feel like they have the ability to contribute.

    Take steps to minimize workplace drama and back-biting.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "This place does not appreciate its employees at all. Upper management makes the big bucks."

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    Current Employee - Senior Houseparent/Support Staff in Ingram, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Houseparent/Support Staff in Ingram, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The children are the main reason to even stay at this job. The homes that are provided are beautiful if you can fit all of your belongings in one bedroom and a small office.

    Cons

    As a houseparent you work 17 days on and 4 days off, this is way too long of a stretch; by the time you get days off you are so exhausted that all you do on your first day off is sleep. The ranch becomes your life and outside of that you have none. No one is really in charge so there are no rules to support what you are trying to do in parenting these children.

    Advice to Management

    Very insensitive to the needs of your employees. If not a donor or board member, you won't give the time of day. I think if you were more approachable and got to know your staff you might keep people a little longer. You claim the organization is in a budget crunch but you're still getting raises. Share the wealth of the organization with your employees, after all they're the ones that keep the wheels turning.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The supervisors and/or "Higher-ups" think the staff are/were just a body, not a person."

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    Former Employee - Houseparent in Ingram, TX
    Former Employee - Houseparent in Ingram, TX

    Pros

    Great place if you enjoy caring for and working with children.

    Cons

    You have no life. Your life becomes and is the "Ranch". You are considered senior staff if you make it past 3 months which includes training. The turnover is so high, there might be 7 out of 60 people, that make it past 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Please start comunicating better with the Direct Care Staff and houseparents.....which includes more support, recognition and acknowledgement. We are/were human beings that actually care and not just people who are/were there just to cover a shift. Most of us are/were here because of the kids not just a paycheck. Maybe if you consider this, you might just keep more people around.