The Sky’s The Limit!

Reaching Higher benefits at-risk students    “I love STEM!” said Hailie, a student in Highfields’ after-school program, Reaching Higher.    Do you know what STEM stands for? If not, you’re not alone. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s also one of Hailie’s favorite enrichment activities.    Enrichment activities are a big part

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Why Me?

You helped Chadelena get back on her feet when she was alone and struggling. Now she is reunited with her children, and stepping up to be the mother she needs to be.    “I’ve been a good mom. Why did this happen to me?” Chadelena wondered as she looked back on the past year.  

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Community Supports “Salmon in the Classroom”

Thanks to partners in the community, Gardner Middle School’s Reaching Higher class successfully raised 150 salmon from fertilized eggs to young salmon.    “Salmon in the Classroom” is a program run by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that gives students the opportunity to raise, care for and maintain salmon in their classroom from

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Highfields Wins MAAA State Championship

“How do you want to be remembered?” – Head Coach, Matt Rau    For the first time in over a decade, Highfields’ basketball team brought home a State Championship from the Michigan Alternative Athletic Association.    It was a historic day that almost didn’t happen. Up until the day before, Highfields wasn’t guaranteed to play in

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Kelly Supports Families in Critical Moments

 “Hearing from clients that I influenced them or was there for them in big moments helps reassure me that I am in the right position.” – Kelly    When Kelly Fox graduated with her Master’s in Social Work, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, or who she wanted to work with. She just

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What a Father Learned From His Son

Thanks to your support, Wayne learned that communication is a two-way street.    Wayne, a single father, was growing apart from his 15-year-old son, Dakota. They argued a lot over things like school, chores and finances. During one argument, the Department of Health and Human Services got involved. They recommended that Wayne and Dakota participate

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Becoming Independent

“Highfields has changed my life” – Marcus    Marcus came to Highfields’ residential treatment program in 2016.  He needed to work on his anger, learn how to get along with his mom, and make a plan for his future that didn’t involve running away.    With help from his Family Counselor, Chris Jurasek, Marcus is

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Russell Davis Empowers Kids Through Music

“Any form of music can be used as therapy,” – Russell    Russell Davis grew up in a musical household. He remembers first getting into music in the fourth grade when he got a journal and started writing down song lyrics for fun.      Now Russell is an accomplished songwriter and producer. He has

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A Champion for Change

35 years and hundreds of kids later, his passion continues.    Gary Turner has the natural-born talent of a social worker. He grew up in Lansing with five siblings, and his home was always open to friends and neighbors. His mother was a home-maker and took care of everyone. Gary was inspired by the way

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Raising a Grandchild

Raising a 6-year-old is tough. Raising a 6-year-old with developmental disabilities is even tougher. Thankfully, Rozanne is receiving help from Highfields’ Home-Based Therapy – a program that wouldn’t be possible without you.    Rozanne and her husband, Mike, didn’t plan on raising their 6-year-old grandson, Jaxxon, but “life blessed us with the opportunity,” she said

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