Moss Hartwell – His Home Away From HomeMarch 09, 2018
After working as an overnight supervisor at an assisted living facility for the elderly, Moss Hartwell knew he needed a change. He applied to work as a Residential Counselor in Spaulding Youth Center’s Young House in 2008. After his time observing the students there, he knew it was a perfect fit.
Moss spent three years as a Residential Counselor before beginning his role as a Family Worker in 2011. In 2013, he made the difficult decision to step away from his position in order to spend time at home with his two young children. Still, he maintained a strong connection to the staff and students at Spaulding Youth Center.
Once his children were school age, he knew what he had to do: return to his home away from home. He knew he belonged at Spaulding Youth Center and was thrilled to be welcomed back to the tight-knit community with open arms. Moss resumed his role as a Family Worker with a focus in case management and currently manages 8-10 student cases at any given time. He enjoys spending time talking with the students’ families and feels rewarded and proud when he hears how much progress the students have made since admission to Spaulding Youth Center.
In his spare time, Moss focuses on perfecting his disc golf game. He is a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association and regularly competes in local championship matches. In 2016, she he won first place in a U.S. Disc Golf Amateur Championship. Moss hopes to gain sponsorships that will allow him to participate in some of the larger national championships. One of his goals is to help Spaulding Youth Center develop a disc golf course right on its campus as part of its EChO program.
Before Moss left Spaulding Youth Center to spend time at home with his children, he had thought he would be part of the Spaulding family forever. Turns out, he was right.