From DHW Director Dave Jeppesen: The most enjoyable part of my job is visiting with DHW’s diverse and amazing staff

July 21, 2023
DHW Director Dave Jeppesen

In June, I resumed my summer tradition of traveling to various locations in Idaho to visit DHW’s incredible staff. This is my favorite part of my job, and I’m consistently awed by the talent, dedication, and compassion exhibited by the people who choose to work here.

During my recent travels, I visited DHW offices in eastern Idaho, and more recently in North Idaho at our offices in Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, and Lewiston.

Job shadowing with the talented, passionate people who work in diverse positions and programs is an invaluable experience for me. It provides me with the opportunity to meet our staff, but also gives me a deeper understanding of the daily operations at DHW. I may be DHW’s director, but our employees are my teachers.

Meeting DHW’s staff keeps me grounded in what actually goes on every day at DHW. More important, it helps me do my job, which is to do everything I can to help the people who work at DHW be successful in the important work they do serving Idahoans.

As I saw firsthand during my visits, the impact of DHW's work on the lives of individuals and families cannot be overstated. Witnessing the real difference being made every day is inspiring.

These visits also afford the welcomed opportunity to connect with some of the people we serve. Meeting them face-to-face and listening to their stories further reinforces the significance of the life-changing work being carried out, whether in one of our offices or within the confines of their own homes.

My experiences during these visits reaffirm my belief in the importance of DHW's mission and the dedication of its staff. The passion and commitment demonstrated by our team continues to motivate me to give my best to support their efforts as they make a positive impact the lives of countless individuals and families across Idaho.

I hope you have a safe and healthy weekend! 

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