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Circle of Courage

Circle of CourageOur founding in 1948 was based on valuing diversity and on appreciating the many things all people have in common. The Circle of Courage and our mission and vision and guiding principles universally apply to all people, including those we serve and those in our employment. The Circle of Courage is portrayed on the traditional Native American medicine wheel representing the wholeness of life. It is based on 4 core values: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. These core values, within the context of health and safety, represent basic human needs. They are the ingredients of a 'good life', a life filled with meaning, joy and hope. 


GENEROSITY is compassion, empathy, and altruism, the truest form of caring for others.

BELONGING encompasses our relationships and human interdependence.

MASTERY is success, achievement, and motivation.

INDEPENDENCE is the power to make decisions, to problem solve, to be responsible and to grow.



 Picture of Circle of Courage painting by Lakota artist, George Blue Bird. For more information on the Circle of Courage visit