What is one of the ways that makes JusticeWorks fantastic?
Mike Hetrick, Supervisor, Lehigh County, PA, recently celebrated 10 years with JusticeWorks.
Mike grew up in New Jersey and earned a degree in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University. He became aware of JusticeWorks through a coworker who was an employee at the time. Mike was hired as a part-time FRS (Family Resource Specialist) in the Lehigh County program in 2012, and in 2014 was promoted to his current role of Supervisor.
When asked the best attribute about JusticeWorks YouthCare, Mike responds, “The strong team we have here at Lehigh. Our Program Director promotes an inclusive culture, and I attribute much of our success to her. We have diversity in age, education, and background, – and leveraging these differing perspectives helps broaden the scope of services that we can provide. I’m proud of the Crisis Rapid Response Program in Lehigh since it’s critical in keeping youth out of foster care. Lehigh is a progressive county; new initiatives are always launching.”
In February, Mike invited a Jamaican restaurant in Allentown to provide lunch for employees. Community-minded initiatives help the program to build meaningful relationships within their area. Mike wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate Black History month with the staff and include the community.
Mike’s advice for a new hire:
Never stop asking questions – be persistent. It’s OK to not know something since no one is an expert. Communicate and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Kudos on this milestone anniversary!