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There are many important reasons to why society needs to place more emphasis on safeguarding and educating our children. Children rely on adults for warmth, food, housing, primary socialization, safety. More than that, how we treat today's children will have a lasting effect on the character of tomorrow's leaders, business people, and policy makers. If human kind hopes for a positive future, they will have to provide a healthy environment for today's children. James Aldrich understands this need well. As CEO of Children's Hope Residential Services, he recognizes that, although children are incredibly resilient, they are sponges soaking up information and cues from their environment. 

At Children's Hope Residential Services, Volunteers and Mentors are MVPs. They provide resources to the staff and children that would otherwise not be available. Their enthusiasm and care are sources of comfort to everyone within their contact. For the children at Children's Hope, Volunteers and Mentors perform several important functions. They increase children's self-esteem, provide examples of positive relationships, and serve as all around role models. For some children, the mentor is the one person they call on a weekly basis to talk about their lives, challenges, and successes.

Children's Hope Residential Services provides abused and neglected children an opportunity to reconnect with the communities in which they live and provides these children the chance to learn about their own and other cultures.  In many ways, the boys and girls that graduate from Children's Hope leave the program with more cultural sensitivity and ability to empathize with their peers than children of the same age that did not enter Children's Hope. The children at CHRS learn that there are multiple worldviews and to appreciate the nuance of each culture's experiences, traditions, and values. How CHRS children learn these valuable lessons is a matter of multiple activities and exposures, including fieldtrips, community service, and humanities discussions.

James Aldrich, CEO of Children’s Hope Residential Services (CHRS), spends the majority of his day looking for ways to enrich the lives abused and neglected. However, Aldrich didn’t always want to work with abused and neglected children. As a master’s student, James Aldrich was studying to be Dean of a large university. All of his courses were in the evenings, and he found that he had a lot of time on his hands. He decided to get a job using his bachelors, and procured employment working for a local Residential Treatment Center (RTC). Until then, he had had no idea that there were children in the U.S. that had been so abused and neglected by, in many cases, their own families. It lit a fire inside of Aldrich, and when that RTC and many others in the state began to close its doors, he felt compelled to do something. Rallying the resources or investors, he went to work to open Children’s Hope.

What is the sound of a child’s laugher worth? Can you stare at a smiling toddler and not feel an ember of happiness deep inside your heart? Who hasn’t heard truth in the words: “Children are our future?” In fact, children give us so much from the moment they are born. They give us humor, unconditional love, honesty, and hope. At Children’s Hope Residential Services, we recognize the priceless gifts come with childhood and we strive to preserve those gifts so they can flourish and grow.