FEATURED TENANT INTERVIEW
One Hope United
Q&A WITH LINDSEY HOOVER
FDC: Who are you and what do you do?
LINDSAY: My name is Lindsey Hoover, I am the Program Director at One Hope United in our Charleston office and our Champaign office. So, I supervise the supervisors of our foster care programs. We do foster care here out of this office, and we coordinate with the courts and with DCFS. We’re privately contracted through the department, and we work with kids who are in the foster care system.
FDC: How long have you been in this role?
LINDSAY: In this role since May, I’ve worked at One Hope for over a year now. I started out as a Supervisor, and then went to Senior Supervisor, and now Program Director. I got into the business of foster care because of my own personal experience. I was a birth mother myself and I had to surrender my rights to one of my children and I had social workers come to my home, and they came in wearing flip flops and smelling like smoke. I thought this is not how social work should be done. So, I got into the field because of that. I wanted to train workers that had compassion and empathy that were able to not be judgmental, because we don’t know people’s life circumstances or the choices that they make. I always like to believe that there are certain bad people out there, but the majority of them just make horribly bad choices, and we need to be able to see the difference.
FDC: Have you made good relationships with the children who come through?
LINDSAY: I have, I have some that I’ve really gotten close with and I was happy to see that they’re going to be adopted. 1 particular child I got to return home to a dad, and that’s really rewarding when we can return children to their own biological parents. To see that they’ve corrected the conditions and have been able to do what they can.
FDC: Do you have any big success stories?
LINDSAY: I don’t like to take credit for it because its really my caseworkers that do the work, I just get to supervise them, but there are great success stories through our Charleston office. Last year we found permanency for 47 of our children on our case load so that’s a great success for all the hard work that they did. Here we’re just starting up, so I’m excited to see what success stories we can get out of our Champaign office.
FDC: What inspires you to get out of bed?
LINDSAY: Knowing that everyday we make a difference, in some small way we’re making a difference in a child’s life, in a parent’s life, that our work has meaning. It’s not just about the pay check.
FDC: What’s your personal mission? Your company’s?
LINDSAY: My personal mission is to train workers that have empathy & compassion that are passionate about this job, and to develop them into their fullest potential. Our company’s mission is to increase opportunities for children and families by providing quality solutions that enhance lives, communities and futures.
FDC: What’s one thing that you and your organization do better than anyone else?
LINDSAY: I think what we do better than anyone else is growth within our employees. I really like that we don’t look at our employees as the grunt workers, but we try to develop them into their full potential & what they can become.
FDC: What do you like to do for fun?
LINDSAY: I like to go to art galleries, I like to go to museums, I like to do anything that involves culture. I like to learn about other people’s culture, just cultural events in general. I’m kind of a nerd. I love the ballet, theater, things like that.
FDC: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you or your business?
LINDSAY: If anybody wants to become a foster parent this is the place to come. We need foster parents so if anyone’s ever thought about it, please stop by and come get some more information. We’re always looking for foster parents, it’s a great need in the state of Illinois.