An update from St. Joseph’s Human Resources Department

Summer greetings from the Human Resources Department at St. Joseph’s Indian School! My name is Allyssa.

Allyssa, Human Resources Associate
Allyssa, Human Resources Associate

It’s hard to believe that summer is half over and soon we will open the doors to our students and staff. Both veteran child care employees and new staff eager to join in our efforts will return at the end of July in preparation to educate the Lakota (Sioux) students for life – mind, body, heart and spirit.

This summer has once again proven to be a busy one in terms of recruitment of houseparents. South Dakota has a low unemployment rate which makes filling positions a challenge. To be strategic about this, we have to go beyond the borders of our state to find caring, qualified applicants.

We’ve had a great deal of success by targeting residents of Michigan. Economic struggles are never a good thing, but issues in Michigan have benefited the students at St. Joseph’s.

Michigan has reduced and cut numerous social programs, leaving too many nurturing individuals without a mission-oriented job. We’re more than happy to hire them to care for our students!

Recruiting employees from such a distance takes greater effort and more financial resources. But thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to fill our houseparent vacancies with well qualified, responsible individuals.

Together, we educate the Lakota children for life – mind, body, heart and spirit.
St. Joseph’s seeks out highly qualified individuals to care for the Lakota children from all over the United States.

Learn more about career opportunities at St. Joseph’s!

In addition to recruiting, we continue to focus on employee wellness over the summer. Houseparents and teachers have the summer off for the most part, but there are many other employees who are hard at work all year long!

Our wellness program, Wiconi Waste –literally life good – takes a holistic approach to the topic, rather than simply diet and exercise. We educate staff in six areas of wellness – physical, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, occupational and social.

St. Joseph’s Indian School wishes a “good life” for all our employees, their families, the students and especially for our benefactors.

Thanks for your support!

Allyssa, Human Resources Associate

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

One thought on “An update from St. Joseph’s Human Resources Department”

  1. Hi Allyssa, thanks for the update and for the wonderful job you do to keep St Joseph’s a special place. Enjoy the rest of the summer. God Bless!

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