Author: ljurasek

You helped Lisa find her voice

For years, Lisa felt guilty correcting her grandkids. Thanks to your support, she is stepping up to be the parent they need.    Lisa’s* grandchildren, Ricky* and Jaime*, experienced trauma even before they were born. Their mother was addicted to drugs. They were abused and neglected as babies. Lisa and her late husband obtained full

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Full Circle

Eric found his purpose helping youth feel supported.    Eric experienced a lot of turning points in his life.    Growing up, he had a rough childhood. His parents were divorced; he acted out in school and at home, and struggled behaviorally and academically. Eric attended counseling and always remembered how the counselors made him feel…bad.

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Celebrating Black History Month

   Every year, Highfields celebrates Black History Month with inspirational speakers, off campus activities, and a Black History Month dinner.    All of the special programs are designed to inspire students to show them that no matter what their circumstance is in life, they still have the opportunity to turn their life around and do

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A Collective Voice

New youth council empowers students, like Xandir and Jordan (pictured above)    Thanks to the influence of the Building Bridges Initiative, Highfields is enhancing programs and creating new opportunities for students.    One example is youth council where students have a chance to voice their opinions, make decisions, and address challenges.    “The purpose of youth

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Journey into Adulthood

Jordan is learning life skills at Highfields to become an independent adult.    At 17-years-old, Jordan is one of the oldest students in Highfields residential program. It shows, too. He is smart, articulate and mature.    He is nearly finished with the program and ready to be on his own. Unlike other students, Jordan isn’t returning

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Why You Matter

During counseling with Highfields, despite their hard work, David and Jennifer experienced unemployment and struggled to provide for their family. Here’s why your support matters.    One of the biggest problems Highfields’ clients face is financial stability and they struggle to meet basic needs.    During counseling with Highfields, David and Jennifer experienced financial hardships that affected

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Thanks to you, Samantha is becoming a better mom

From addiction to recovery, you helped Samantha keep her family together. Samantha and her fiancé care for their two children, 2 ½- year-old Jade and 1-month-old Tyler. Samantha is clean, healthy, and more confident than ever.   Last year, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Samantha was addicted to drugs and was required to go to

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Local Businesses Put Families First

Dart Container and Two Men and a Truck are helping make the world a better place. For years, Dart Container provided furnished apartments to contractors. Now they no longer need the furnishings and they decided to assist people in need. Dart wanted the furniture to benefit mid-Michigan families, and Highfields was one recipient of donations.

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Thanksgiving Poem

Why I'm Thankful By: Jordan I'm thankful for my family because they keep me going even when I want to give up. I'm thankful for God because without God I would not be breathing. I'm thankful for the providers at Highfields because they provide me with a second chance to change my life.  I'm thankful for

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Sit, Fetch, and Heal

Therapy dogs help students who are dealing with trauma.    Did you know that pets can be more than just cute and cuddly?    Dogs, for instance, can be trained to provide affection, comfort and love to people in schools, hospitals, and even residential treatment facilities like Highfields. They are called therapy dogs.    Students

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