Hopeless to Hopeful

When Carol* brought her nephew into her home, she expected him to behave like her other children, but he is deeply affected by trauma from his past. Carol spent a year learning the right techniques to help him grow and heal, thanks to you.    Carol’s baby nephew, Ryan*, was in danger.    His mother

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Healthy Living at Highfields

Highfields provides a range of services to promote physical and mental wellness for students.    When youth are placed at Highfields, they are often stressed from the challenges of their lives, including poverty, trauma, and substance abuse.    “Our population is changing,” said Rebecca Gibson, Highfields’ Medical Coordinator. “Back when I started, our kids stole

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Why Family Matters

Working with students and their families is critical for long-term success.    "I don’t ever want to be in placement again, away from my family,” said student, James.    It’s a feeling that most of the youth at Highfields share.    They miss their home, and their loved ones. They’re trying to make a change,

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The Right Way

At Highfields’ Residential Treatment Program, Marshaun is learning how to break his bad habits and get his life back on track.    Growing up, Marshaun never thought about the consequences of his actions.    “I started committing crimes when I was 11 years old,” said Marshaun. “I wanted money and that was the only way

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One Year to Live

Imagine you were told your child only had one year to live? What would you do? Who would you turn to? Here’s Jessica’s story… A Terrifying Diagnosis    It all started when Jessica gave birth to her son, Peyton. He was born with a genetic disorder called Microcephaly, which means that his head and his

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Parenting 101

You helped bring a family together! A New Chapter    After twelve years together, Brian and his husband, Raymond, decided to start a family. Neither of them had any experience raising kids, but it was a challenge they were ready to face.    They began the process of obtaining a license to adopt or foster

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Building a Fence: Part 2

In part 1, Mary* was distraught over her teenage son Michael’s* bad behaviors. Now they are working through Highfields’ Multisystemic Therapy (MST) program, and Mary has seen significant progress…    “It’s actually been a pretty relaxed month,” said Mary. “I’m really proud of what Michael has accomplished.”    Michael has stayed clean for the past 30

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Hands-On Learning

Students in Highfields’ after school program, Reaching Higher, are opening their minds to new ideas thanks to a special program with Jackson District Library.    What do you get when you put together a battery pack, aluminum foil, wire, a buzzer, play dough, and a cardboard box?    A homemade Operation game!    That’s just

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From Self-Harm to Self-Love

April and her children, Issabella and Travis According to the National Institute of Mental Health, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Thanks to you, 12-year-old Travis is receiving help early to cope with his disorders.    Being a single mom is hard. Raising two kids, one with special needs,

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Building a Fence: Part 1

Thanks to you, Mary is making sure her past doesn’t repeat itself.    Mary* admits that she hasn’t always been the best role model for her four children. She stayed in an abusive relationship for too long, her children were exposed to drugs and alcohol abuse, and they frequently had to “pick up and leave”

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