The Hutton Settlement SALUTE program is committed to providing youth opportunities for hope and wholeness through sustainability and leadership education. With multiple projects created and completed throughout this past year, one such venture has captured the minds and hearts of a few of our high school residents. In October of last year, a seed was planted to establish a youth entrepreneurship program centered around America’s favorite daily beverage, coffee! The HOPE Neighborhood Roastery (Hutton Opportunities for Professional Exploration) concept was born and soon blossomed with the financial support from the Hagan Foundation and local Millwood partners, Bottles and the Concordia Masons. Fulfilling our SALUTE commitment to invest in local products and companies, the new entrepreneur team was able to purchase a state-of-the-art commercial roaster from Diedrich Roasters at their global headquarters in Ponderay, Idaho. With a roaster on hand and green coffee ordered from importers, our youth entrepreneurship team of Parker, Roxy and Kale began writing up their business plan and renovating the old fruit dryer behind cottage four into a beautiful roast house.
It wasn’t long until the youth venture took a huge leap forward! The teens were astonished to be greeted by a surprise visitor to the Hutton campus at the beginning of the year. Steve Diedrich, retired founder of Diedrich Roasters and coffee industry icon, wandered on campus wondering what Hutton Settlement was and how he could help. Soon, Steve was hooked! He now volunteers weekly providing professional roaster education and mentorship to our new team! Steve recently noted that , “Parker, Roxy and Kale are the youngest roasters I’ve worked with and doing a better job than most of the thousands of adults that I’ve taught over the years”.
With the highest quality equipment, education and roast team in place, the new HOPE Neighborhood Roastery is prepared to share specialty single origin coffees with the community through a subscription program that will fulfill our commitment to financial sustainability. In addition to providing Hutton youth paid apprenticeships and entrepreneurship education, the program is dedicated to linking them to global cultures through the fostering of a relationship with our coffee farmers and advocating for fair pay practices, women empowerment, and agroforestry efforts on a global scale.
The impact of the HOPE program has been immediate. According to Parker, the youth manager of the program, “This venture truly brings hope to me and other Hutton kids. It gives us real world opportunities and a way to break further into the community”. Kale agrees, “I love being linked to the community and being able to share our coffee with others”. Roxy, the youngest member of the team and candidate for the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal Award sees the HOPE opportunity as personal development. “I learn skills that most of my friends won’t learn until later in adulthood. Not a lot of teens are running a business”.
Written by: David Milliken, Hutton Settlement Campus Director
Growing up as a child in the Spokane Valley in a large family of six siblings, sincerity and love for the truth didn't always win out. With the occasional sibling scuffle and subsequent blame and denials that followed, I must confess the drive of my own self-interest stretched the truth at times.
Fortunately for me, my parents modeled patience, understanding and accountability. Over time, I eventually realized that telling the truth was not only the right thing to do, but it just felt better. This development was not much of a stretch since much of my childhood was secure and supported by engaged and caring parents in a safe, supportive community.
Today, as the campus director of the Hutton Settlement Children's Home, my work is immersed in the lives of children who didn't have the family stability that I had growing up. With many exposed to various forms of trauma, most formed survival behaviors that were necessary to cope and adapt to insecure environments.
Some of those survival behaviors involved dishonesty in order to protect from being vulnerable and harmed. These survival behaviors often persist even when one's environment has shifted to become healthier and safe. I realized early on at Hutton that if I wanted honesty from another it required a reciprocal relationship of understanding, patience and safety. After all, how many of us are honest with another when we sense they may be dismissive, disrespectful, or unsafe?
After 20+ years of service at Hutton, I've seen what consistent patience and safety can produce. As the youth at Hutton cross the threshold into a more secure worldview, they tend to be more truthful in expressing their needs. This honesty requires courage, as one steps out in vulnerability to disclose a need for comfort, encouragement, guidance or accountability. It's been said that you can tell a healthy person by whether they can honestly express their true needs to another. If that is the case, how healthy are we really?
A number of years ago a teenager soon to be graduating from high school met me in the hallway to talk about his next steps into young adulthood. I asked him how he was doing with moving on to college, and I didn't expect the response I received.
He said he learned at Hutton how to be a great student, work hard, stay active, lead others, and set a vision for himself. He was graduating with high grades and was accepted into college with a full scholarship. He earned enough money at a local coffee house to purchase a car and save some money. He led others in student government and was a model for our younger residents. Yet, he looked me in the eyes tearfully and said he looked successful, but on the inside said he had a big hole in his heart that he didn't know how to deal with. At that moment I had a much stronger appreciation for this young man and the courage that it took to share something so personal and important. It was his honesty that allowed me to then assist him on a deeper journey of healing that may have never occurred without the truth. I am still on that journey with this young man today.
This is one story of courageous honesty of many that could be told at Hutton. I've been humbled by so many children over the years who were willing and able to disclose their needs despite the personal risk of shame and judgment. With a relational blend of patient availability and courage, honesty can thrive and be the difference between an authentic life and one that is paralyzed from hiding from the truth.
We are happy. We are healthy. We are are Hutton.
To make a year-end contribution, we welcome your gifts here. From our family to yours, we hope you have a hope-filled holiday season!
Giving and service has been a pillar of Hutton’s success for over a century.
From Levi Hutton’s legacy of generosity that established and endowed a home for generations of children to the generosity of donors during a year where so much has been uncertain, Hutton has been built upon “giving.” In other ways though, it’s giving to others that Hutton residents and alum carry as their coveted memory from their time at Hutton.
During 2020 alone, the residents of Hutton have contributed 510 hours of community service through community organizations like Blessings Under the Bridge, the NAOMI Community, Millwood Impact, Share Far and West Central Abbey’s Dinner Table Program. This has included projects such as a community-wide mug drive and delivery project, preparing and serving weekly meals to those in the West Central Neighborhood and helping to establish several organization’s very own community gardens.
There is no doubt that service to others is invaluable to our society - whether to Hutton or through Hutton. This #GivingTuesday, we are recognizing the impact of said service, especially when your gifts help support our kids’ opportunities to give to others. All gifts given today will be dedicated to these programs that allow our kids an opportunity to give back, creating a sense of empowerment for all involved!
Written by: David Milliken, Campus Director
As we entered 2020 to begin the second century of the Hutton Settlement we certainly didn’t consider a global pandemic that would force us into significant life adjustments. With an absence of volunteers, campus visitors, large celebratory events, and frequent community engagements our staff and mostly teenage population had to adapt and endure by moving deeper into campus life. As formal educational opportunities shifted to Zoom and other virtual methods, we soon realized the importance of hands-on, experiential learning to keep our kids active and engaged. Our sustainability and leadership education program, SALUTE, was primed to make this happen!
In 2018, SALUTE aligned with the National Geographic Society’s geographical literacy initiatives to support the nurturing of engaged global citizenship among youth. National Geographic provided training and a clear learning framework that assisted us in fostering the development of the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed for youth to thrive in today’s expanded world. With a global pandemic and the world largely shut down, we did not pause, but took the opportunity to deepen these transformative learning efforts.
So how did we do it?
First, three staff members became Certified National Geographic Educators. Secondly, we took National Geographic’s recommendations for necessary out-of-school experiences to include, 1) place-based education, 2) outdoor learning, 3) cultural exchange, and, 4) community service. We took these focus areas and organized our existing and emerging SALUTE activities into them. Throughout our year’s exploration, place-based education took shape with the formation of our youth farm education club and newly-planted garden and orchard. Outdoor learning took shape with our wilderness outings, naturalist education, and the building of a forest yurt on site. Cultural awareness took place with our seasonal expeditions visiting local indigenous sites and communities in the Pacific Northwest and our renovated cultural arts room on site. Finally, our community service took shape with meal and drink preparation and delivery in the downtown and West Central neighborhoods to assist those with food insecurity.
This year brought us obstacles and together we turned them into opportunities! As the new year looms, we are excited to venture forth into a more engaged and robust campus education experience with a standardized learning framework and ambitious young explorers who seek to explore their value and place in our beautiful world.
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