Ensign Peak Services was conceived and started by Royden Hussey, LCSW. In many ways, our story as an agency is intertwined with Roy’s story. Roy was born as a Native Hawaiian and remembers the vibrant celebrations across the island when Hawaii become the 50th state. He was moved with patriotism and decided to join the Air Force after graduation from Kamehameha High School. After completing his four years at the Mountain Home, Idaho, Air Force Base, he volunteered to work with Native Americans. While assigned to the Native American reservations in the Dakotas and Montana, he was moved with compassion for their conditions and realized the impact a social worker could have in the community. After his volunteer service, he attended Brigham Young University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. Driven by the desire for change, he received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah, along with a minor in Social Work Administration.
Roy began his career working for full-time for Utah Boys Ranch and counseled youth part-time for several other smaller foster care agencies. Later he became the Transplant Social Worker for LDS Hospital evaluating and supporting applicants and donors for kidney and pancreas transplants. During these years he recognized the need for more foster homes and, with the help of his wife, began Ensign Peak Services in 1997. The desire to help children in crisis drove Roy’s compassionate spirit and motivated his agency. When he passed away in 2003 his wife continued to operate the company and pursue Roy’s vision for foster care. Since 1997, our foster parents and therapists have helped approximately 400 children and youth through our association with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, Utah Juvenile Justice Services, and Catholic Community Services.
As integral as Roy’s story is in the formation of Ensign Peak Services, our foster parents are truly the heart of the agency. Without them, we could not provide stability and a safe place for children and adolescents who have experienced neglect, abuse, and homelessness. Our foster parents give of themselves freely and accept strangers into their home hoping to give youth the attention they need and lend a helping hand up to a better future. They help them find the right classes at school, help with homework, teach them how to dress and budget, how to relate to others, and often how to repair relationships with their biological parents. Foster parents also involve their extended family members, which helps youth understand how families can support and enrich their lives. Ultimately, our story is your story; one of compassion and change.