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The kitchens in each house are large enough that everyone - house parents and children - can help when it comes to cooking meals and doing the dishes. Eating together around the table is an essential part of family life in each house at Hutton Settlement.


from everyone else, but at the same time it was a blessing because it made me more dependent on myself.” Hall recognizes that the unique nature


of Hutton Settlement was a blessing in his life and is very different from the way other children’s organizations work. “It’s not a foster home,” he says, emphasizing one of the most important factors about Hutton Settlement, “it


is a family. There’s a big


difference in the meaning of those words.” A program like Hutton Settlement, which


is so different from foster programs, is a necessary resource, at least according to those who have been through and experienced the program. “There is no connection, family-wise, between you and the foster kids and parents,” says Hall. “At Hutton, you experience a true sense of brotherhood and sisterhood and form relationships that last a lifetime.” Those relationships are not just felt by


the children who call the place home, but also by the staff and administration that have made the work of Hutton Settlement part of their personal mission and their lives. For some of the employees, especially those who live on campus, the line between work and personal lives are sometimes blended beyond recognition. “My wife and I realize that the state of our health and well-being will effect the work we


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do and the children and families we serve, so self-care is critical,” says Milliken. He and his wife have a daily spiritual practice that keeps them connected to their Hutton vocation and their faith community. “We practice yoga, spend time in the outdoors and seek solitude to re-charge for the important work of Hutton. These personal practices help us intentionally cultivate the four things that I believe are most needed to succeed in this work: compassion, patience, flexibility and a sense of humor. Without those four, life in residential care would be an incredible challenge.” Milliken believes his vocation at Hutton


is an expression of his life. There certainly is no such thing as a work-life balance at Hutton; your work and your life are one. “This is tough to comprehend for those who work a normal work schedule and even more difficult to adapt to when you first come to work at Hutton,” he says. “But over the years, you gain a deeper sense of the sacredness of the work being done, and it takes on a whole new meaning. You no longer see it as work, but a life fully lived with deep purpose. I don’t believe I could go back to working the fragmented life.” A fragmented life is not desirable from


the work standpoint, but what about the children who are enduring a fragmented life by leaving their families behind and living


at Hutton. What resources are there, aside from the people, to help them through the difficulty? Apparently, there are many. Education is a top priority, with on-site


technology and tutors, as well as access to remedial services if needed. The children at Hutton Settlement attend the West Valley School District, and participate in all aspects of their schools, from the classroom to the athletic teams and extra-curricular activities. Extracurricular activities are provided


through Hutton as well, with three specific programs offered to help the children learn and do their best. Journeys is a creative arts program which provides the opportunity for young artists to express themselves through photography, painting, drawing, and more in the on-site creative arts studio. S.A.L.U.T.E (S.ervice A.nd L.eadership U.nited T.hrough E.ducation) is a weekly 4-H and service learning program. Odyssey is an adventure-based Scouting program that strives to develop self-confidence, personal resilience and leadership through outdoor challenges that require teamwork, trust and perseverance. “It is very important to empower kids and


teach them that they can give back, and that it feels good to give back,” says Cotton. One way Hutton Settlement is taking this from an idea to an action is through their gardens. The children take an active role in tending


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