Every year, students leave Josiah White’s residential programs and begin life on their own with little to no support. They enter the next chapter of their life, adulthood, needing foundational work skills that prepare them for their future. The program’s goal is to prepare teens for life, so they may become contributing citizens through employment.
Growing Teens For Life is a specialized vocational and workforce development program that directly meets the needs of students in residential treatment. This experiential learning program uses a hands-on learning approach through practicing work and customer service skills, while staff provide direct skills training, coaching, and behavior modeling.
White’s Employability Skills Training (W.E.S.T.) is the foundation of the Growing Teens For Life program, built upon Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development. It consists of five segments broken down into eighteen personal skills needed for employment today. The five segments are: Mindset, Work Ethic, Learning Strategies, and Social & Emotional Skills. Job readiness is the goal for each teen who participates in the program.
Ideal candidates for the internships in Growing Teens For Life are age 15 or older, are in need of work experience, and are enrolled in our specialized residential therapeutic programs.
Our residential therapy programs serve both male and female students between the ages of 11-19, who have a variety of therapeutic needs: trauma, mental health, substance use, unhealthy relationships, behavioral management issues, and family crisis.
The Growing Teens For Life program helps prepare teens adequately for future training and employment opportunities. Here are the program’s outcomes to date:
There are many ways to become involved in building this life-changing vocational program for at-risk teens. Together, we can redirect, rebuild, and restore lives. Here are a couple of ways to partner:
Josh and his wife, Melanie, began serving at Josiah White’s in 2008 as houseparents. Since then, Josh has served in various roles including Campus Life Director and most recently, Residential Director. Josh holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Hanover College and a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Josh and Melanie have two sons, Dave and Ike.
As a distinctly Christian ministry, for over 165 years our mission has been to enrich the lives of children and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. We are best able to achieve this through Christian staff who constantly strive to demonstrate the love of Christ through their actions, words and overall lifestyle.
It then follows that all employees who serve as members of White’s community agree to uphold certain foundational standards through their behaviors, attitudes and lifestyle choices at work and in their personal lives. Living in accordance with these standards shall serve to unify us as a “community of believers.” As a member of White’s “community,” we believe employees should strive to live in harmony with the following foundational standards as evidence of their life committed to growth in Christ and sound judgment based on Christian principles:
We believe as followers of Jesus Christ, we are responsible for our faith journey and strive to pursue a life of service to Jesus Christ in our personal life and while at work. We believe the investment in our spiritual life is critical and we strive to make time regularly for prayer and communion with God. Opportunities for Christian fellowship, worship, learning, and celebration while at work are opportunities not to be overlooked, but to be sought out as ways in which we can demonstrate our commitment to growing in our faith as part of the White’s Community.
We believe every human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions. Therefore, we must seek ways to act out of love and respect for each other, encouraging and building up one another, not causing one another to stumble. We believe that to achieve this, employees must practice a lifestyle that demonstrates purity to those around them (Romans 13-14 & I Corinthians 10:31-11:1).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect,and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward anyindividual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.
We believe there is great power in the spoken word and therefore all lying, profanity, gossip, obscenity, and other negative uses of language diminishes our work with the children, families and our coworkers.
We believe employees must demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, a willingness to live contentedly under authority, and a commitment to follow the Matthew 18 principal when an issue arises with fellow employees or management.
We believe in the power of our example and that our minds and bodies should be used in God-honoring ways, living our lives as Christian role models and conducting ourselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding our Christian testimonies. Because our example is powerful and because most of our service population is impacted by some form of substance abuse, we especially recognize the dangers and negative implications of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse among staff. Therefore, we seek to minimize or refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco and we agree to completely abstain from the illicit or non-medical use of drugs, narcotics and other harmful substances. When an employee is representing White’s or is in the course of representing White’s business, he or she is expected to refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco.
We believe our life serves as a Christian Witness to the children and families we serve and our commitment to expressing Christian values is critical even when making entertainment and recreational choices outside of work. Therefore, we actively avoid forms of leisure, entertainment and recreation that are incompatible with holy living and seek activities that are consistent with our pursuit of Christ- like living.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrew 13:4).
We further believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) and that activities that give the appearance of sexual immorality should be avoided by staff.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of White’s Residential & Family Services as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the White’s Residential & Family Services clients, fellow staff members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by White’s Residential & Family Services in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement (Mathew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; I Thessalonians 5:22).
I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Code of Conduct.
Ron is a veteran leader in ministry and education. Prior to coming to White’s, Ron served as Head of School at Traders Point Christian Academy in Indianapolis. Prior to that, he was president of Lenawee Christian Ministries and head of Lenawee Christian School in Adrian, Michigan.
Ron and his wife, Jane, have been blessed with five biological children and many more spiritual children, so family time is their highest priority outside of their relationship with Jesus. Ron is a lifelong learner and enjoys reading. He has always been involved in athletics and exercise, often biking many miles in the warm months. Ron also served as an elder at various churches and in pulpit supply.
He earned a Bachelor of Economics from Luther College and a Master of Business Administration from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. Ron started his career as a high school educator and coach, and his wife, Jane, is an early childhood educator.
Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University and a Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined White’s in 2013 as a member of the leadership team, serving then as the director of human resources. Prior to joining White’s, Amy served as a human resources professional in a variety of positions at Frito-Lay, Zimmer, and Manchester University. In addition to serving at White’s Residential and Family Services, Amy proudly serves as a Board member for Daniel’s Place in North Manchester.
Michael began his professional career as a private attorney in 2007 after completing his Juris Doctorate at Indiana University. Prior to obtaining his law degree, he completed his Master of Arts in Athletics Administration for Higher Education at Ball State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Pepperdine University. In 2011, Michael was called away from private practice as an attorney and accepted the position of director of charitable products and church loans at Everence Financial, an organization founded on Mennonite values and principles. Later, he went to work for the medical device industry at Zimmer Biomet, serving in a variety of compliance roles including that of associate director of compliance, serving the US and Canadian sales personnel and distributorships. Most recently Michael served as chief operational officer and chief compliancy, privacy and risk officer for Redimed and Lutheran Medical Group. These experiences allowed Michael great opportunity to develop expertise in the areas of HIPPA and regulatory compliance – including the implementation of systems and enforcement of policy, contract writing and risk management.
In his current role, Michael will have overarching responsibility for the compliance and quality assurance, information technology, and support services staff. In addition, Michael will help protect White’s ministry by pulling from his legal background to advise White’s CEO and other members of the leadership team on subjects of significant risk.
Michael’s education and varied experience have uniquely prepared him to serve White’s as COO and general counsel.
Kevin joined White’s in 2018 as the Vice President of Advancement, overseeing Marketing, Communications, and Development.
Kevin began his professional career in 2000 as a police officer in Fishers, Indiana. He was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and continued to serve Fishers Police until 2012. Before leaving the police department, Kevin co-founded My Cyber Guardian Educational Services, Inc., in Noblesville, where he served as the full-time operations manager before moving his family to the Tampa Bay area in 2013 to be part of planting Harvest Bible Chapel in the Tampa community. In addition to launching this church in Tampa, Kevin joined Bethany Christian Services of Florida where he most recently served as the executive director for Florida and Alabama. Kevin earned his Master of Science in Human Services from Walden University and his Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University.
Kevin and his wife, Misty, have six children. They were licensed therapeutic foster parents in the state of Indiana and adopted three of their six children through Indiana’s foster care system. Kevin and Misty are passionate about Christ, shepherding people and serving children and families.
Kurt Gard began his journey with White’s in 2012 as a family therapist. He now serves as the Vice President & Executive Director of Family Services. In this position, Kurt is responsible for all foster care and community-based services.
He received a Master of Social Work from IUPUI in 2012 and is a licensed clinical social worker. Prior to entering the field of human services, Kurt served in leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. He enjoys learning new things, fishing, being outdoors and mechanics. Above all, Kurt enjoys spending time with his wife, Melinda, and his three children.
As Vice President and Executive Director of Compass Rose Academy, Mike Haarer uses his experience as a licensed mental health counselor. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees in counseling from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. In 2006, he married his wife, Emily, who worked as a math teacher at White’s Jr./Sr. High School until their daughter Corabelle Rose was born in 2011. Their second daughter Olivia Pearl was born in 2013. Mike and Emily are originally from the Fort Wayne area and enjoy spending time there with their families. They are actively involved in their local church in Wabash, where Mike leads worship and they host a small fellowship group.
John graduated from Clemson University in 1990 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Certified Public Accounting. Soon afterward, he earned his certified public accounting license. In the beginning of his professional career, he worked as an accountant at progressive levels specializing in audits, taxes, and real estate. Throughout that time and during all of the 90s, John and his wife served as youth sponsors for their church, Woodruff Road Christian Church, in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
In 2001, John felt a deeper calling for ministry that led him back to school to complete a Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Beginning in 2002, he held the positions of youth pastor, associate pastor and, most recently, lead pastor in churches located in Texas and Michigan. He and his wife, Trish, also became the proud parents of two daughters – Abigail Grace and Madeline Elizabeth – during this time. Their family’s walk with Christ continues to blossom and grow.
When John heard about this position at White’s, he saw an opportunity to serve God through an avenue other than local church ministry. White’s Director of Spiritual Life and Staff Chaplain role matched John’s God-given gifts of leadership, relationship and education and became known to him and Trish at just the right time in life. They relocated to Wabash, Indiana, from South Carolina and are excited to begin this endeavor!
Matt joined White’s in 1992 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University. While working full-time at White’s, Matt earned a Master of Counseling from Grace College. In addition, he is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), a licensed clinical addictions counselor (LCAC), and a nationally certified master addictions counselor.
Matt began his extensive residential career at White’s as an assistant houseparent. In 1994, he was promoted to the position of residential counselor. He became the shelter care coordinator in 1998, supervising the staff and students in emergency shelter care, and in 2002, he assumed additional supervisory responsibility for the 15-bed WISP Unit, now known as White’s Refocus Unit. From 2004 until 2011, Matt served as a residential coordinator. From 2011 to 2017, he served as a senior residential therapist, providing clinical services to students in White’s substance abuse program. Matt’s leadership within the substance abuse program has transformed it over the years, making it a leading residential program in the state for addiction recovery.
Matt is now the Vice President & Executive Director, Residential Services, at White’s. Matt’s commitment to his faith and serving are at the core of all he does, and he is eager to lead others to do the same, in their own capacity.
Hello prospective employee! White’s Residential and Family Services exists to offer hope and transformation through Christ to children and families. As members of a Christian organization, each employee must recognize that living a life in accordance with the standards presented in the Statement of Faith found below is necessary as it serves to unify us as a Community of Believers set out on the same path. Therefore, all individuals who are interested in applying to work at White’s must first agree with and abide by White’s Statement of Faith.
Remaining true to our Quaker heritage and Josiah White’s vision, White’s Residential and Family Services’ primary reason for existence is to offer hope and transformation to children and families through Christ. As such, we have firm beliefs about the Christian faith and how we must act in accordance with our beliefs.
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. White’s Residential & Family Services’ board of directors serves as White’s highest, human interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application for the purposes of our agency’s faith and beliefs, practice, policy and discipline at work.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God (II Timothy 3:15).
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 10:30).
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:33), in His virgin birth (Luke 1:35), in His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), in His miracles (John 2:11), in His atoning death through His shed blood (Ephesians 1:7), in His bodily resurrection (John 11:25), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19), and in His personal return in power and glory (Revelation 19:11).
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 3:16-19).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christ-follower is enabled to live a Godly life (Romans 8:13-14).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, that they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28).
We believe that children are a heritage from God and a blessing from His hand. We are therefore accountable to Him for raising, shaping and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom and to humanity. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps 139).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24).
We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25).
As Christians living out our faith, it is unsurprising that our beliefs influence our behavior, attitudes and lifestyle choices. As Christian professionals, we will not compromise our commitment to our professional code of ethics while providing superior care to our clients who possess differing values or beliefs.
I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Statement of Faith.
Mr. Brandt Downing is the Senior Vice President of Lending at First Farmers Bank & Trust. Mr. Downing has a Master of Business Administration from Hanover College. He has served on the board for over nine years. Mr. Downing is Chairman of the Finance and Investments committees as well as the Treasurer of the Board. Mr. Downing’s father and grandfather have both served on White’s Board. He is actively involved in Northview Christian Church and has coached varsity football at Eastern High School. “I hope, through my involvement, I am helping show Jesus’ love to the youth White’s serves. White’s is transforming these kids’ lives through Christ, and I want to assist in that.” Mr. Downing lives in Kokomo, Indiana, with his wife and children.
Dr. Greg Hinshaw is the Superintendent of Schools for Yorktown Community Schools in Indiana. He holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees from Ball State University. Dr. Hinshaw has served in public education since 1996, has been a school administrator since 2001, and has been a public school superintendent since 2008. He is currently President-elect of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. A member of Bear Creek Friends Church, near Winchester, Indiana, since childhood, he is currently serving as Presiding Clerk of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends, having previously served in that position from 2008 through 2014. Dr. Hinshaw believes strongly in the mission of White’s in helping to transform lives through Jesus Christ.
Mr. Damon Seacott is the Executive Assistant to the Chancellor at Indiana Wesleyan University – National and Global. Earning an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree from Ball State University, Mr. Seacott has been in higher education for over twenty years, serving at Spring Arbor University. Prior to working in higher education, Mr. Seacott served as a social worker at White’s in the late 1980s. He has continued to serve White’s through the years, joining the Board in 2010, serving on the Governance Committee, and now serving as Board Chair. Mr. Seacott has also served with the Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends.
Pastor Dwight Elliott is the Senior Pastor at Marion First Friends Church in Marion, Indiana. Previously, Pastor Elliott served as Senior Pastor at Amboy Friends for 12 years. Pastor Elliott joined White’s Board August 2018 and serves as the Secretary of the Board. He has supported Helping Hands, Peru, Indiana, a food pantry for the community, and Converse Lion’s Club as secretary. Pastor Elliott gives his time to White’s “to make an impact on their lives for the Kingdom of God!” Pastor Elliott resides in Marion with his wife, Lori, and their four children.
Dr. Stichter is approaching 24 years as a professor of accounting at Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind. In 2013 he was awarded the Indiana Outstanding Educator Award by the Indiana CPA Society and awarded the Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award from Grace College in 2018. Dr. Stichter also worked as a CPA in public accounting and was the corporate controller for Miller’s Merry Manor. “I believe White’s helps children and families! I want to do what I can to help provide oversight to White’s with giftings and understandings that God can use through me. In a world that seems to be losing hope, Jesus is hope and people need to learn about that truth,” said Dr. Stichter.He and his wife of 38 years, Jane, have seven children together and live in Winona Lake, Indiana.
Mrs. Kelly Stouffer is the Vice President of Human Resources at Ford Meter Box in Wabash, Indiana. Mrs. Stouffer has an undergraduate degree from Franklin University in Employee Assistance Counseling. She also has a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Cincinnati. Mrs. Stouffer has worked in human resources for over 20 years. She has served on White’s LLC Board and White’s Inc. Board and for 20 years, currently as Vice President of the latter. “Every child should have the opportunity to get from birth to adulthood feeling safe, secure and loved. In troubled families the one hope is Christ-like, loving adults intervening and this is White’s!” Mrs. Stouffer also serves on the Wabash County Hospital Board.
Mr. Tom Cochran has been in Pastoral ministry for 20 years. His ministry experience has been centered around church planting, youth ministry, coaching and assessing church planters, missionaries, and leaders in preaching, planting, and leadership development. Along with his wife, Sarah, they have been foster parents and advocates for children. Together, they started New Journey Community Church in Wabash, Indiana, and began to minister to not only White’s staff but also the students (Compass Rose Academy students began attending NJCC soon after the program was started). “I believe in and love the mission of Compass Rose Academy. I am grateful to be a small part of what God is doing through this ministry as we invest in young lives to see them reach their full potential.”
Mr. Ken Perkins is a retired Senior Business Development & Sales Training Officer at First Farmers Bank & Trust, Kokomo, Indiana. Mr. Perkins has been a long-time supporter of White’s. He joined the Board in 2019. Graduating from Indiana University, Mr. Perkins worked as a sales manager for Moorman/ADM Feeds and First Farmers Bank & Trust as a loan officer and trainer. He has also volunteered at Wabash Friends as the finance chairman and mission committee member. He and his wife, Beth, live in Wabash.
Mrs. Barb Lochner is a licensed registered nurse. Mrs. Lochner worked for Wabash-Miami Home Health Care and Hospice in Wabash, Indiana, for over 20 years. Prior to retiring, she was program coordinator for Tobacco Free Coalition Wabash County to educate in the county schools and assist pregnant women who want to quit smoking. Previously she worked for WIC and the Bowen Regional Mental Health Center for 11 years. Mrs. Lochner received her BSN from Indiana University. She has served on White’s Board for over 20 years and also serves as Chair on the LLC Board. “Since moving to Wabash in 1981, I have been so impressed with the Christ-centered, compassionate, dedicated individuals who work for White’s and serve wounded children and families. This is also my passion, for our children are our future, and we must make a difference for eternity.” Mrs. Lochner serves in her church and she lives in North Manchester, Indiana, with her husband, Kevin.
Mr. Pat Byers will assume the duties of General Superintendent of Indiana Yearly Meeting on January 1, 2021. He has served as assistant superintendent of Indiana Yearly Meeting since 2014 and prior to that served at Wabash Friends Church in various capacities. Pat is married to Sara and they have five kids, ranging in ages from 10 to 21. Pat enjoys leading worship at church with his guitar, being outside, Colts football, IU Basketball, and spending time with family.
Mr. Patrick Morrow is the President & COO of SBC Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisory firm. This is a firm that Mr. Morrow and his business partner built from scratch starting in 1987. Along with serving on the White’s Residential & Family Services, LLC Board, Pat has also served as one of the founding board members of the Gary Dudley Memorial Scholarship Foundation. This is an organization that raises funds to grant college scholarships to the children of fallen law enforcement officers in the state of Indiana. Personally, Mr. Morrow and his wife placed their daughter in the care of Compass Rose Academy (CRA) for 10 months. Based on their family’s need for professional help and the research he conducted, he became convinced there are not enough faith-based programs like Compass Rose to assist families in need. The Morrows are indebted to CRA for the growth their daughter and dozens of other daughters have experienced through this Christ-centered program.