Unconditional positive regard
For a person to "grow", they need an environment that provides them with genuineness (openness and self-disclosure), acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive regard), and empathy (being listened to and understood). Without these, relationships and healthy personalities will not develop as they should, much like a tree will not grow without sunlight and water." -Carl Rogers, 1959
Founded in 2006
Builders of Hope was founded in 2006 as a Supported Community Living Program and Mental Health Care Provider.
Builders of Hope was inspired from the foundation of the inner innate desire in to seek, discover, and embody balance, well-being and wellness. To gravitate towards and nurture the whole person; physical, mental, emotional, and purposeful self.
While cultivating the whole person towards optimal health and balance; achieving a foundation in stability and personal sustainability, self acceptance, and the tools for self empowerment and development.
Builders of Hope has been built on a heart centered family service oriented organization. We are a collective team of between 15 and 20 employees who are invested in the purpose and passion of serving others and making a positive difference in people's lives, and in the world.
Builders of Hope is dedicated to providing recognizable transformational services to each unique client and the whole community.
Our Team members are carefully selected based upon their commitment to the Builders of Hope philosophy and mission, and their own individual creativity and vision that they can positively share within the Builders of Hope community.
Upon Choosing Builders of Hope as your Mental Health Provider, you will discover a unique and compassionate organization with professional staff. Together we will develop an individualized program, meaning to you, that address your physical, mental, and emotional needs. Time is carefully spend building a sense of trust and getting to know you. Through Trust, compassion, education, creativity, and awareness, we co-create an environment that allows for a positive experience and the necessary tools to succeed with your life's vision for yourself.
Meet Some of Our Team
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Florence Ejiwale BBA, LSBW, QPRP
Direct Care Wellness Counselor III
I went to college at the University of Northern Iowa and in 2005 received a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. I choose social work because I have always had a desire in helping people in need. While at college, I did an internship at a crisis agency called East Side Ministerial Alliance. I was an Outreach Worker that assisted individuals that had "fallen through the cracks." It was a rewarding job training and I learned so much from that 1st experience in the field. After I graduated college, I worked at Systems Unlimited for five years.
I assisted 3 individuals with physical disabilities build their independent skills and achieve their life goals. It was a joy seeing the progress each individual made over the years. After five years, I was ready to move on and further my work career. In 2011, I began my journey with Builders of Hope. I am now a Wellness Counselor lll. I have gotten so much gratitude empowering individuals with mental illness achieve their goals and dreams.
Direct Care Wellness Counselor I
I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Physiology before graduating from Iowa State University in 2014 with a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Physical Education. After graduate school, I moved to Valencia, Spain for 4 months, where I taught English and pursued competitive soccer. Upon my return to Iowa City, I began working with individuals with intellectual disabilities at REM. From there, I went on to work as a Youth Counselor at the Four Oaks Iowa City Youth Shelter.
I have followed a winding path, but I have always followed my passion, which has led me to working as a Wellness Counselor at Builders of Hope. I love building relationships and supporting people with their mental health. Having conversations, processing feelings, and solving problems are crucial parts of counseling, but I never forget to support clients with doing what makes them happy. Disc golfing, walking in the park, playing pool, going fishing! It is vital to build a repertoire of coping tools…and practice them often! Everyone has their own ingredients for wellness. However, mental health is the foundation for a happy and fulfilling life; there is no substitute for positive mental health.
Direct Care Wellness Counselor III
I came here from Laos, became US citizen in the 90’s then graduated from University Of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. I worked with Juvenile Probation for 12 years. Prior to Builders of Hope in 2019, I worked with SOS Social Services in Iowa City and worked there with people with mental health conditions.
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