Core Values


At the end of each day, we ask ourselves: What did I contribute today? When looking ahead, we seek to learn how we can accomplish our mission and goals more effectively, efficiently and always with the bigger picture in mind; empowering vulnerable youth to become stronger, wiser, more self-reliant, capable and the best versions of themselves.



Through collaboration we multiply our contribution. Together, we are stronger and can contribute more. Shared goals and mutual support leads to greater success and we strive for constructive dialogue and positive exchanges among all partners, community members, stakeholders, employees, persons served and donors to continually refine knowledge and best practices.



Underpinning all our work, we think and act with personal and collective integrity. We take to heart our values, vision and mission. We are honest, reliable and caring in our dealings with other people, both within the organization, outside in the community and with stakeholders, persons served and their families. We recognize that the quality of our organization depends on our people, energy, culture and values.



We respect inclusiveness, equal access to all opportunities and each person’s ethnicity, culture, religious belief system, sexual orientation and right to live or work in a supportive environment free of any type of discrimination.



At the core of accountability is reliability and personal responsibility; therefore, we value the ability of our staff and organization to honor our commitments. We practice financial and program transparency ensuring that the youth entrusted in our care receive the maximum benefit of our program and services.  



We strive to foster growth for both the organization as a whole as well as for our individual staff members. We support continuing education, training in diverse and evidence based practices, pursuing new opportunities and encourage an atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie that expands our capabilities and strengthens the organizations core. The staff are models of successful adulthood for the youth that we serve, therefore it is imperative that our employees seek out and succeed in their own professional growth. Heritage is committed to providing the reviews, guidance, training, mentoring and opportunities to pursue that growth.