The agency was founded in 1984. We incorporated as South Coast Children's Society, Inc., and in 2009 we obtained a "registered service mark" for the name South Coast Community Services (SCCS). We added this name because it is more descriptive of our services to the community. Originally organized to provide group home services, we branched out into community based services beginning in the fiscal year 2004-2005.
Our Mission Statement
Providing care, counsel, and coaching for children, teens, adults – and their families.
Our Principles and Values
Integrity: Truth and honesty above all things, at all times, at any cost.
Respect: We believe in treating all people with mutual respect and dignity at all times, in every way.
Nurturance: We strive to provide love, support, nurture, and empathy to all those we come into contact with every day.
Perseverance: The undying effort and dedication towards making a difference in the life of a child, a teen, or adult and their family by providing every possible opportunity for growth.
Service: We work to support and improve the community in which we operate, for the benefit of ourselves and the community to which our graduates will return.
South Coast 'isms
Among the serious and funny sayings you hear around here:
"The day we meet you is the day we begin working with you toward your successful discharge"
We are serious about helping you be your best.
We are “the biggest Non-Profit you've never heard of”.
We have nothing against fundraising, we just don't do major campaigns. We focus our time on our work.
"It's all about the kids"
(Our driving passion, except that now we serve adults, too, and just as passionately)
(When employees return from vacations, or being off work sick.)
"Welcome to the Family"
(When new employees join SCCS.)
From a required leadership training:
Always tell the truth or tell them you can't tell them
Always say what you mean
Always do what you say you are going to do
Always give credit to your team for success; always take responsibility for your team
Do not delegate bad news up
Just do your best. We will support you.
"An immovable wall is most loved when you need to lean against it"
(Encouraging managers to be consistent with their staff)
"How do you get somewhere fast? Start a long time ago"
(This is how we explain how our advanced tech infrastructure suddenly appeared.
"How do you manage employees?"
You serve them, empower them.
"How do you hold employees accountable?"
"We cannot hold people accountable, we can only hold people 'to account.'” --Tom Foster - www.managementblog.org
"How do you lead employees?"
By example. The leader always goes first. The leader challenges employees, and themselves, to excellence.
Concerning training and practice:
"Practice not until you get it right, but until you don't get it wrong” --Author Marc Cameron
When launching major projects our CEO likes to teach people how to eat an Elephant:
"How do you eat an Elephant?" - Answer - "One bite at a time."
Some cool quotes you will hear from supervisors:
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?”
--Coach John Wooden
"Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect."
--Coach Vince Lombardi
"When Abe Lincoln and I were in high school..."
Our CEO's attempt at humor and making sure people pay attention during presentations. Fortunately, our CEO has decided to stick with his day job.