100% of the youth in our program have suffered trauma, many times from the very people that were supposed to provide unconditional love and support. We work to address the trauma and rebuild trust. Our group homes create a safe environment for our teens, providing security and supervision 24 hours a day. We help our kids learn violence is not the answer and teach them how to express themselves through communication. Provided with a safe space, our teens benefit from a positive family atmosphere learning crucial skills like conflict resolution and anger management. Youth in our group homes learn how to function as a family unit, lifting each other up and supporting each other through challenges while celebrating success.
Teens enrolled in our school are 4x more likely to graduate. Why? Because we work one-on-one with our youth to develop an individualized learning plan that addresses their specific needs. We recognize no one student learns alike and we take the time to get to know our students and remove their barriers that keep them from learning. With encouragement and focused instruction our students thrive. They don’t just float by – many grow in leaps and bounds, often passing multiple courses and even grade levels within only a few months of enrollment.
Family Support Programs
Parent Education & Encouragement
Our goal is to help families stay together. We work with parents and kids - offering assistance and building parenting skills to create a more stable and safe environment for the family. Our family support program works with the parents and caregivers who want to become better – who recognize they need growth and are willing to do the work to improve. Our programs teach parents and caregivers how to build trust, maintain respect and develop a relationship with their kids. Sometimes this involves learning the basics of parenting and sometimes it is helping parents navigate the complex judicial process, but in every interaction, we are there to help.
Developmental Disabilities Programs
Our unique Best Friends program assigns each person with a trained staff member who develops skill building exercises that enhance their strengths and builds upon their needs. A person-centered plan is created to provide family living services to help youth and adults live as independently as possible while working on their goals. Services include teaching skills and providing supervision so individuals learn to feed themselves, adopt personal hygiene skills and grow in their communication. Community is a big part of this program too, our Best Friends attend school, visit the zoo and socialize with each other on a regular basis.
This program supports individuals who desire to live independently. Group Homes, and Extended Family Homes are excellent options for some, but do not fit the needs of everyone. Many individuals can live on their own with just a little support. Our Opportunities program is the answer in cases like this. Opportunities' staff teach, guide and counsel individuals in all areas needed to maintain an independent lifestyle. In some cases, this may mean teaching how to cook, keeping the living space clean, taking medications regularly and correctly, healthy living skills, help getting to and from work, and other lessons. Individuality is a hallmark of this program. No one is forced to do anything. Our staff works with each individual to determine their goals.