Right out of grad school for behavior analysis, Jess found a job working as a behavioral therapist for a small private practice catering to children with autism. It was a clinical setting and she really enjoyed it. But something was missing. Her passion was working with less advantaged people. The ones who had a harder go at life. That’s when she found T.C. Harris School (TCH), one of nine MyPath Companies that cares for children and adults with the most challenging special needs.
TCH is a therapeutic school offering day services, group home living, and residential care to students with special education needs and behavioral challenges. Students at TCH have a wide range of intellectual/developmental disabilities and emotional disturbances, which requires passionate, caring team members to serve them.
After interviewing at multiple places, Jess was offered two different positions with two different companies. Both had very similar job descriptions. Her interview at TCH is what solidified her choice. “The interview process, the people I met and the experiences I had seemed more authentic at TCH,” says Jess. “They were up front and transparent, and I could tell they really believed in a brighter future for TCH.”
The authentic feeling Jess was drawn to held up long after she chose to work as the Training and Development Coordinator at T.C. Harris School (TCH). “Everyone, from our direct care staff all the way up to our CEO, has a genuine attitude and really values our beliefs and behaviors of openness and accountability,” she says.
After two years, Jess started to probe about how she could advance her career. She looked into other human service companies but didn’t find anything that compared to MyPath. “This company is very authentic about the way they care for the people they serve,” she says. “And they’re also that way with how they care for their employees.”
That’s when she started looking internally at MyPath. Because there are nine MyPath companies and 150 locations throughout Indiana and Wisconsin, Jess easily found a position that matched everything she was looking for within the company she loved.
I can’t see myself leaving here — there’s such a wide scope of possibilities within MyPath.
Jess moved from Lafayette, Ind. to Milwaukee, Wis., where she joined Prader-Willi Homes (PWH) as the Behavioral Services Coordinator. The new role allowed her to oversee supplemental clinical support and behavioral interventions for PWH’s thirteen programs, combine teaching of fellow employees with clinical data analysis, and guide changes to the organization’s therapeutic approaches so they could give the best care to the people they serve.
“The same things that I loved at TCH, I found at PWH,” says Jess. “My executive director told me I was hired as an expert and that she trusted me to handle whatever I needed in order to serve people better.”
MyPath places a lot of emphasis on ownership. Jess’ team gave her the autonomy to implement strategies and create global goals and plan how to get there. At the same time, they are there to uplift her and her work when she needs it. “The resources here are fantastic,” she says. “I feel very supported in my role.”
In addition to having a voice in the company, ownership at MyPath means every eligible employee is a co-owner after one year of employment. By his or her second MyPath anniversary, an eligible employee receives an ESOP statement detailing the allocation of company stock which has been invested for retirement. This stock allocation is a company-funded benefit, meaning no investment from employees is required. Allocations occur every year on behalf of eligible employees, throughout their MyPath career.
“We value passionate people. People who are team players and those who are open and ready to implement new treatment techniques and innovation,” says Jess. “We really do make a difference in the lives of people who need a difference made — we really do transform lives.”