Before he became a Professor of Social Work at WSU, HCO Board Member, John Collins, was a social worker for more than 25 years in the fields of child welfare, preventive health care, chemical dependency, and field research. His special interests in the social work field are research and organizational design, and organizational behavior.
In 1995, John was serving as a social work liaison for Craig Thompson, who was doing his senior internship at Home and Community Options. According to John, Craig was an “excellent student,” and Craig eventually continued on to work with HCO after his internship. The work that HCO was doing ended up leaving an impression on John and he approached the organization when he retired in 2010, volunteering to do research for HCO. HCO accepted John’s offer, but asked for a commitment of at least a year. John countered, offering to give them ten years instead. In 2015, he joined the Board of Directors. John is currently also serving on HCO’s Personnel, Nominating, and Quality Assurance Committees.
John shared that competing for employees is one of the biggest challenges HCO faces. He says, “To do this, we need to be better known. We need to continue to be a creative and nourishing agency, and we need to pay well. We also need to strengthen our efforts in recruiting part-time workers, interns, and volunteers. All this will result in full-time workers.”