Q&A with Joe Heupel, 30-year employee at MCH

Photo of Joe Heupel with Tim Brown, president of MCHThe Annual Methodist Children’s Home Employee Service Award presentation was held January 27th. There were 78 honorees as MCH recognized staff for their service ranging from three to 30 years.

Joe Heupel was recognized for 30 years of service with the Plant department. He is pictured right with Tim Brown, president of MCH. Joe joined the Plant department in 1981 where he gained hands-on experience in carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, painting and appliance repairs. In 2001, Joe moved to the maintenance department at the Boys Ranch where he still works today.

Tim Fedro, plant administrator, had the following to say about Joe:

Joe has been a valuable asset to both the Waco and Boys Ranch campuses. He provides excellent service and is one of those exceptional employees who goes above and beyond.

We visited with Joe about his tenure at MCH.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories about working at MCH?
A: I can remember when the Plant staff drove the school bus along with all our other duties. There was an elementary aged boy who was new to MCH and very shy. He always rode in the back of the bus and was usually the last one to be dropped off. I would have to walk to the back of the bus each day and spend some time reassuring him that everything would be fine and that I would be back to pick him up in the afternoon. I also keep a handwritten note on my bulletin board at work from one youth who said he really enjoyed working with me on the Ranch and how much it helped him.

Q: What has this job meant to you?
A: It certainly has been a constant learning experience. I have enjoyed being part of all the changes over the years. I enjoy the relationships I have with both my co-workers and the youth. It is nice to have a job where you have the opportunity to pass on a skill or spark an interest in a future trade with youth.

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