Anyone coming to DSS for guidance or assistance will remember their experience as significant, perhaps even as a turning point in their lives. Each will recall being valued as an individual with unique strengths and needs whose life experiences were acknowledged and used as the foundation upon which to build something new and better for them and their families. The experience sends a message…you matter and there is hope for the future.
We believe that families should be protected from violence and gain support for their efforts to be self-sufficient.
We value work as a foundation of independence, a means to connect with others and a tool for personal growth and family preservation.
We believe in measuring our work by the difference it makes for clients and community. We strive to continually improve so that our interactions with clients and the community are efficient, focused, and understandable.
We value our commitments to others: urgency with the time and lives of clients; thoughtful investment of support from the community; careful consideration for the ideas and efforts of partners.
We value relationships—with clients, colleagues, and the community—as gifts to be nurtured. We invest in those relationships with honesty and respect. It is through the diversity of our relationships that we make change and are changed.