A Family Matter

Sandra and Pete were starting to lose control of their house. Their adopted son, Chase, was becoming violent and affecting the whole family. Thanks to your support, Sandra and Pete found a partner to work alongside them and help keep their family together.    Sandra and Pete have children ranging from age 37 to age

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Out of the Darkness

Before Highfields came along, Stacy and her son, Logan, didn’t know how to communicate without arguing. Thanks to your support, they are working on their communication skills and rebuilding their relationship.    Last year, Stacy and her family moved to a new home in a new school district. This created a lot of stress for

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My Family Always Had To Struggle

“I’m looking forward to a better life. My family has always had to struggle for food, a place to live…everything.”  – Helana    Helana used to doubt her potential. She felt like she wasn’t good enough to go to school. She didn’t aspire to graduate or go to college. She was going to figure out

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This Can’t Be Normal

Every parent has to go through the terrible toddler stage while raising their child, but Amanda and Chris knew something was different about their 3-year-old son, Christopher. Thanks to your support, they are working with Highfields and learning how to address his needs.    Highfields’ therapists work with children of all ages – even infants and

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A Routine That Works

Structure gives kids a sense of security and helps them develop self-discipline. That’s why Highfields encourages a daily routine to help students like Jermaine succeed in the program.    When Jermaine started his treatment at Highfields one thing stood out to him the most: the structure.    “Highfields has more structure in place for students,” he said.

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School’s (Almost) Out For Summer! Now What?

Summer opportunities at Highfields keep kids on the right track.    Summertime can be a nightmare for working parents. Why? While parents work all day, their kids are at home with nothing to do. Parents of at-risk kids worry about the dangers of “nothing to do” turning into drugs, parties, and other bad choices.    Thankfully,

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A Farewell Letter

   Thirty-four years with the Michigan Department of Human Services led me to think I truly understood the profession of Juvenile Justice in this state. When the opportunity to work for Highfields came to me 5 years ago, I expected to continue to lead status quo programming. Boy, was I in for a surprise. While there

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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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