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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia is now enCircle!

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  • Guiding Principles

    Our Guiding Principles

    At enCircle, we are guided by our vision that all people in our communities will receive the support they need to live abundant lives. Our mission is to express God’s love by providing services and assistance to empower communities, families, and individuals in their journey to well-being. In short, we are trying to make the world a more loving place. These principles form the foundation of our organization. They represent the best of what we aspire to in leadership, service delivery, policy, procedures, planning, work, and life.

Our Guiding Principles

At enCircle, we are guided by our vision that all people in our communities will receive the support they need to live abundant lives. Our mission is to express God’s love by providing services and assistance to empower communities, families, and individuals in their journey to well-being. In short, we are trying to make the world a more loving place. These principles form the foundation of our organization. They represent the best of what we aspire to in leadership, service delivery, policy, procedures, planning, work, and life.

Abundance

Abundance

  • We believe that all people should have the opportunity to lead full, successful, and complete lives.
  • Those who are engaged with our organization – the people we serve, partners, employees, volunteers, and referral sources – will have an experience that is full, complete, and enriching.
  • We commit to provide services and supports that are comprehensive, full, complete, evidence based, best practice, innovative, and successful in achieving our mission.

Person Centered

Person-Centered

  • We believe that individual and family needs, choice, and preferences are at the heart of our organization.
  • This belief is the driving force of all programmatic and administrative decisions.
  • We commit to assist the people who are engaged with our organization to achieve ever increasing levels of independence, self-sufficiency, and empowerment.

Relationships

Relationships

  • We believe that our success is based on the quality of our relationships.
  • All interactions with individuals we serve, partners, referral sources, and each other are based on collaboration, mutual respect, and effective communications.
  • We commit to build stable, positive, productive, mutually respectful, sustainable relationships.

Shared Ownership

Shared Ownership

  • We believe that our challenges, concerns, and achievements are shared and that each of us is responsible for the success of the organization.
  • We enthusiastically share in any task, assist with any project, go above and beyond, and strive to do what is necessary to help the organization achieve its mission and goals.
  • We commit to actively take ownership of our quest for success.

Social Justice

Social Justice

  • We believe in the value of all people — all races, religions, abilities, and identities — within our staff, board, partners, and among those we serve and support.
  • We create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in our organization through listening, relationships, training, policies, procedures, and practices.
  • We commit to being an organization that actively works to examine ourselves to recognize and remove any systemic racism or other forms of discrimination, as well as confront racist, unjust, or other discriminatory policies, practices, and behaviors in the communities and institutions with which we work.

Stewardship

Stewardship

  • We believe in and take seriously the vital nature of our work in changing lives.
  • We make the best use of our resources, measure results, focus on outcomes, and advocate for positive change.
  • We commit to ensure the long-term success of our mission.

OUR IMPACT IS GROWING

We now provide a variety of services and supports in every region of Virginia. We know we can impact more lives by working in partnership with others, which is why we are grateful to our many business, community, and congregational partners. We are also affiliated with multiple local, state, and national groups that focus on advocacy, best practice, networking, and accreditation. Learn how to support.

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