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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Growing Up

Thanks to Highfields’ supportive staff, Marcelo is becoming a man.    Sixteen-year-old Marcelo wants to start over. He’s not the same kid he used to be.    “I’ve matured a lot and I view things differently now,” he said.    Marcelo was first put on probation when he was 13 years old. He wasn’t getting

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Thanks to you, Chase went to the dance!

   Chase was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder at a young age, and later on with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has had difficulty learning in a normal school setting and coming from a single-parent home he has only his mom, Laura, for family support. Laura is unable to work due to health problems, and finances are

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Thinking Well

Thanks to a grant from the Granger Foundation, Highfields’ PRIDE staff has the most up-to-date training to help high-risk students succeed.    Do you know how to walk up to someone and introduce yourself in a polite way without offending them? Do you know how to appropriately ask for permission to be excused from class

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A Team Approach

Thanks to you, Kathy has a team to lean on.    “I thought that I could handle everything,” Kathy said with a sigh. “I’ve been a Special Education teacher for 25 years…but when you’re in the middle of a family crisis and trying to handle it all, it’s overwhelming.”    Kathy describes a chaotic year

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Jean and daughter Rebekah are closer than ever

“Rebekah started going through a very difficult time when she was a teenager five years ago. Her father and I had divorced. I was working and not home as much with the kids. Her grandmother had passed away, and her older sister married and moved out.  The combination of events took its toll on her, and she started

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Crystal sees positive changes in son Javon

“Reaching Higher has made a significant difference in my son’s life. Javon has become more social, active, and confident.  Before Reaching Higher, Javon never really had friends. He was bullied at school and was becoming depressed. He would always decline coming on family trips and would just play video games instead.  When he started attending Reaching Higher, that

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Trauma-Informed Campus

New upgrades throughout Highfields’ campus will benefit students.    The majority of Highfields residential students have been victims of trauma. It affects how they respond to situations and their willingness to receive treatment.    Highfields’ residential staff is trained to understand trauma responses. They learn what trauma is, what it does to the body, what

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New Making Memories Program

Thanks to a grant from the Lansing Exchange Youth Foundation, residential students and their families spent a day having fun and making memories together!    What does a day at the amusement park have to do with the treatment of troubled youth?    Perhaps you’ve heard the saying: families that play together stay together. There

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