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No Fish Tale: Aquarium in Lobby Can Help Calm Kids, Clients
Fish swim in an aquarium located in the lobby of The Village's Fargo office.
The first face to greet clients of The Village Family Service Center’s Fargo office is often Joe, our front desk receptionist. Across the lobby, seven fishier faces wait to say hello. A focal point of the waiting area is a 50-gallon aquarium that houses African Cichlids, a popular freshwater fish...
The Challenges of Work-Life Balance (and Why We're Not Fruit on a Scale)
Apple balancing on a scale
By John E. Trombley The Village Business Institute Work-life balance is an interesting concept. Many people have written about it, conducted research on it, and trained countless numbers of us in how to achieve it. You would think with all that focus we would all be well-balanced and happy by...
Tips to make your next family vacation a reality
Family of three standing on a beach while the tide rolls in.
By Kelly Olson The Village Family Service Center Summer is the season for the family vacation. Whether it’s a trip-of-a-lifetime to a far-off destination or an afternoon spent frolicking on a nearby beach, vacations rejuvenate the soul and revitalize relationships. Routines dominate our everyday lives. Vacations can force us to...
Support, Communication + Recognition: Lead Through Influence, No Matter Your Title
Business woman sitting across from two other people.
By Robert Jones EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute A friend in the armed forces told me he is struggling with his supervisor, because that man is not a good leader. It’s an unfortunate situation for my friend, who I know is a strong leader. Our conversation made me think...
The Village offers ‘positive outcomes’ for clients, says longtime supporter
Village board member and supporter Dick Warner next to The Village sign
As a high school principal for nearly three decades, Dick Warner tried to foster a “safe harbor” environment, where every student would feel like there was at least one person who cared, one person they could go to for help. That’s the sort of environment The Village provides to the...