One of the greatest gifts we can be given at Hutton is having an alumni coming back to work with us. The children we serve are a part of our large family and to have them desire to become an employee brings a great amount of joy. We decided to highlight two of our more recent alumni and had them share their experiences. Emanuel is a new houseparent and Linda is soon going to begin training to become a houseparent.
Emanuel: All of the opportunities I was given to travel. I got to to to Mexico my senior year with the Campus Director David, his wife, Tamara, my brother and a fellow Hutton resident. We went there to work with a ministry and help build a house. Seeing what it’s like outside of the U.S. was amazing, and being able to share that with David and Tamara (and the others) made it even more so. I was also a part of the SALUTE club and we got to go to Washington D.C., which was really neat. One of my other favorite memories was my first Christmas at Hutton. I was not expecting much out of Christmas and they filled the decorated dining table with food and treats and gave us presents. It was a really neat experience.
Linda: My first weekend visiting Hutton was definitely memorable. I was just trying to figure out how it all worked. One of my favorite memories was my first Christmas, as well. I wasn’t really used to getting a lot of gifts, so it was neat to get presents. I also really enjoyed my graduation and prom season.One of my best memories however, is just seeing how much everyone cared about me after only living there a short time. It was kind of amazing.
Emanuel: I had known since high school that my dream was to come back and be a houseparent. I didn’t think it’d happen so soon out of college, though. I figured maybe after I had kids and had been married a while, but a position opened up shortly after I graduated from EWU, so I took it. Being in SALUTE taught me to give back and support the community. I wanted to show my appreciation first by graduating college and doing well in school, and then by becoming a houseparent.
Linda: I decided to start training because I knew I was a little young to become a houseparent, but knew that I wanted to eventually. Training will offer me a lot of guidance for when I become a houseparent. I want to make a difference. Since I was only at Hutton a year, and had experience (prior to coming here) being on my own and taking care of myself, I feel like I have a lot to offer kids. I have real life experience in the real world at a young age and can help guide them through graduating and being out on their own.
Emanuel: I think SALUTE is amazing. They give so much back to the community and teach the kids the importance of doing so. I got a lot out of being a member of that club and I think it’s great.
Linda: How they help the alumni so much after they graduate. We are still family to them and them reach out to us and have get-togethers often. We aren’t just phased out when we turn 18. We always have a home to come back to.