Careers: What our Employees Say about Their Work

"This gives me a profound sense of accomplishment"

Our therapists are a tight-knit group. They are eager to learn new skills and concepts, they aren't afraid to be vulnerable, and they give the families they work with their 'all'. I am so grateful to be working with them.
- Homebuilders Supervisor, Skagit & Snohomish Counties

I love meeting families with incredible resiliency and desire to engage in services to help their children, and I love learning of new resources in the community and establishing relationships with other providers.
- Homebuilders Therapist, Spokane County

I work here because our services help people and make a difference in their lives. I believe in our mission statement.
- Secretary

Being able to assist families in working through challenges when they occur is invaluable... I get to see them grow, change, and practice using new skills in the moment.
- Homebuilders Therapist in Spokane County

By providing support through my accounting duties, I feel as though I'm helping children and families. This gives me a profound sense of accomplishment and job satisfaction.
- Accountant, IFD Headquarters

I love serving the people in MY community.
- Therapist providing FPS, PACT, PCIT, & Safecare services in King County

I am constantly blown away by the skills our therapists demonstrate, and their dedication to the families we serve.
- Homebuilders Supervisor, Island, Skagit & Whatcom Counties

It's hard to put into words how nurturing of an experience working for IFD is, it's what I have always thought counselors and social workers working together should look and feel like.
- Homebuilders Therapist in Clark County

I really appreciate the high level of trust that is placed in each of us. I have never felt micromanaged in the least, but rather empowered to make decisions for myself and my client families.
- FFT Therapist in Whatcom County *

Everyone at IFD is treated with respect. I think that comes from hiring people who are true to the values of what therapy is about, and who incorporate those values into their daily lives.
- Homebuilders Therapist in Lewis & Thurston Counties

This agency takes better care of its employees than any other place I've worked.
- Homebuilders Therapist, Yakima County

I love that I have flexible hours and am able to put my family first when needed. I love that I whole heartedly believe in our agency's mission of keeping families together. Last but certainly not least I love my supervisor and my coworkers!
- Therapist providing FPS, CFI, & PCIT services in Clark County

I like the mixture of working with a team of caring people whose views are similar to my own, and being independent in the field.
- Therapist providing FPS, CFI, FSS, PCIT, & Safecare services in Kitsap County

The flexibility of this job has allowed me to be the kind of parent I want to be.
- FFT Therapist in Skagit County

When issues arise, whether it is client, staff, or policy, IFD lands on what I think is an ethically right decision, even if it is controversial or creates challenges. We do the right thing, from the top down.
- Supervisor in Clark County

At IFD, I am working to fulfill a mission that I wholeheartedly believe in. Having 5 babies of my own, I can only imagine what it must feel like to be in the position that our clients are in. I am happy to be getting paid to help families become stronger and stay together.

My supervisor uses both praise and constructive feedback together, which increases my confidence in my work. She always encourages us to take time off as needed so that we don't burn out.

Finally, those feedback surveys from both referents and clients are the cherry on the sundae because they serve as a guide for self improvement, or as reinforcement to continue doing good work with my clients.
- Homebuilders Therapist, Yakima County

I love working for an agency that invests the bulk of its resources in its staff. This is clear recognition that the employees are the agency's most valuable resource. I also love working for an agency that deals with employees the same way it deals with clients (practicing what we preach!) - letting the HB values and beliefs guide the way employees are treated in addition to how clients are treated. I love working for an agency that provides evidence-based practices so that we have confidence that what we are doing will work. I love being part of a program (HB) that I believe in 100% and have personally seen how it changes lives. And I love working for a supervisor that always has my back - I know I can count on her to support me through difficult situations and provide me great advice and direction for dealing with difficult people.
- Trainer/Homebuilders Consultant

I love having a great team where we all support one another by sharing ideas, laughs, food, and covering for one another if needed; I love having a great supervisor who is supportive and understanding; and finally I love having good benefits, training opportunities, and flexible work hours.
- Homebuilders Therapist, Spokane County