Welcome to Our New Site!May 8th, 2012 by The Graham Windham Team
Welcome to Graham Windham’s redesigned, rejuvenated and retooled website. We thought it important to put a fresh public face on our resurgent agency. We wouldn’t want our accomplishments, particularly of late, to get lost in the blur of all the activity. Better to freeze frame some of our best stuff on our new website to show folks with even the slightest interest a little bit about who we are and what, exactly, is going on here at Graham Windham.
You might remember I addressed some of these “goings-on” in one of our recent newsletters. I wrote about finding our own individual and collective souls, “opening ourselves up to the blessings and risks associated with strong values, bold audacious goals and common cause as we work tenaciously to harness the full potential of Graham Windham in service of one over-arching and profoundly important purpose…to ensure that every Graham Windham child has a strong, loving and permanent family, and the opportunity and preparation to succeed in school and life”. This website is meant to capture some of this excitement, and to use it/channel it to help mold our organizational culture around our core values of safety, good care, family, education, service excellence, belief (in the children and families we are honored to serve), personal/organizational integrity and public/private partnership.
Capturing this excitement, and putting it on display, is particularly important because Graham Windham is a culture-driven organization. We conduct our business through strong social contracts that explicitly emphasizes our mission and the responsibility of all our stakeholders (management, staff, board, clients, supporters, etc.) to engage in a sustained, disciplined effort to succeed. You can’t put your culture to work if it’s not understood, cultivated and appreciated. So, with this new website, we hope to make clear what is important to us, our values, our imperatives, how we think about “the work” and how we go about doing “the work”.
We also hope to extend our reach beyond the our internal boundaries to our funders (and potential funders), our government regulators/evaluators, the child welfare/juvenile justice/education professional community and the public at large for the purposes of advocacy and education. We will also use it as a recruitment tool, for staff and foster parents and as a way to attract support from foundations, corporations and individuals.
This website is a work in progress. Let us know what you think. We welcome your ideas. Like everything else here at Graham Windham, it can always get better. There is no finish line.
Chief Executive Officer