We recently shared that this year, 2015, marks 10 years since the inception of The Hello Foundation. Several years ago, we adopted 4 core values that represent the cornerstones of our company. The 10 year mark seems like a great time to revisit those values, and what they mean to us today.

We put kids first in every decision we make, including working with districts to write flexible contracts and paying our clinicians well. We believe that decisions like these help to lower the stress and drama often associated with contract work, and allow districts to make choices that will best meet the needs of their students. Less time spent on drama means more time spent on the specialized needs of the kids we serve.

We built our core belief of practicing work/life balance on the premise of the adage, “Put your own oxygen mask on first,” and it is essential to our success. We support our staff both at work and at play, because it is only a happy, healthy clinician that can truly give their all for their students. Our professionals know that The Hello Foundation has their back both professionally and personally, and we know that they have ours.

We are proud to say that every professional that has joined our team over the last decade has provided high quality service to the children they serve. We are equally proud that we, as a company, have in turn provided equally high quality service to our clinicians. Our team is the best in the business, and we invest in them so that they can invest in kids.

We believe that giving of ourselves helps us stay relevant and maintain perspective in a rapidly changing world. Our charitable work also provides a foundation of gratitude onto which our business and our clinicians can build their work. We know that when we work from a place of gratitude, our hearts and our minds are open to the brightest possibilities for the students we serve.

It may sound cliche, but these 4 simple things guide everything we do at Hello. They inform our day-to-day operations, they shape our culture, and they fuel our Big Dreams for the future. They’re also our promise to the districts we partner with, the clients we serve through our Clinic, and the clinicians who choose to work with us. These values are who we were 10 years ago, they are who we are today and will be who we are 10 years from now. And to that, all we can say is, “Cheers!”