Dear Families and Partners,
It is an honor to introduce myself as Charis Youth Center’s new Executive Director. I have been blessed to have spent the last 10 years working as the Program Director at Charis under the founding Executive Director Carol Fuller-Powell and collaborating with the many community and county placing partners, our youth, and their families. Over the years, Charis Youth Center’s commitments to high standards and quality of service have demanded we stay on the frontline of children and family service development. The opportunities that we have taken to achieve three national accreditations in one year, and maintain them, allows us the privilege of advancing in the coming year to the next level of treatment for the youth and families we serve.
Being from a small town myself, moving to Grass Valley (where my husband is from) seemed like a great place to live. My husband and I have enjoyed raising our two sons in this area and working at Charis has been more than just a job but also an opportunity to make a difference in our community and society. The value system I share with Charis runs deep in that youth deserve to have trusting relationships, they can be taught, and they deserve grace as they grow, learn, and heal. Parents and youth supports have put trust in Charis, our program and staff to help raise the youth and empower them to grow through treatment. I take this trust very serious. We strive to provide a level of care we would want for our own children and feel thankful for the opportunity to get to know other children as well. The value system of leadership in building others up by their strengths and helping them improve their weaknesses is a core belief for me and my leadership. Together, building up others raises up our community and brightens our future.
In my 16 years of working in the field of children’s services, I have worked in many facets from CASA/GAL, emergency placements, in-home counseling, attachment and anger control groups, crisis center, homeless outreach counseling, and therapeutic residential care and services. In my experience as Program Director at Charis I have worked closely with all departments to ensure quality of service, collaborated with community partners and achieved high recommendations in national accreditations and licensing agencies. I am blessed to be allowed to work in a field I feel passionate about and for Charis Youth Center, that is leading the way.
I look forward to leading Charis forward through the new Continuum of Care Reform and current legal changes. These changes bring opportunities to work with youth and their supports at a higher degree of intensity and return youth to their communities with the tools to be successful in their homes. I look forward to working with you.
Audrea Marshall, MSL