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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Creative Coping Skills

Thanks to a grant from the W.B. and Candace Thoman Foundation, all of our students can experience the benefits of the arts!    Most of Highfields’ students have suffered from trauma and don’t know how to cope in a positive way.    “Art is a safe way to process trauma, relax, and decompress, especially for

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Breaking Through

Eric found a support system to help him cope with his past.    Eric* was raised by his grandma since he was two-years-old. When he became a teenager, he started acting out. He frequently ran away from home and school and was charged for truancy, stealing, and violating probation.    “I didn’t want to open up

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Finally, a Solution!

Thanks to you, 10-year-old Gabe (and his parents) can sleep through the night.    Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have challenges ranging from social-interaction difficulties, sleep dysfunctions, and repetitive behaviors.    Josie and Jim’s 10-year-old son, Gabe, had similar symptoms, but it took them 10 years to get a diagnosis.    “It’s been an ongoing battle because

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Why is Jacob smiling?

Jacob likes technology, strategy games and science fiction, but he spends a lot of time alone, and has trouble making friends. When you give to Highfields, you help students like Jacob find a place to fit in.    Jacob is an introvert. He’s shy and likes to keep to himself by reading quietly or writing

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Family Finds Peace

Vernia and James were tired of arguing with their kids. It was time to try something different. Thanks to your support of Highfields, they found a solution that works for their family.    Vernia and James were fighting a losing battle at home. Their children were getting rebellious – lying, sneaking out of the house,

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Rock Bottom to Recovery

The opioid epidemic is gripping our nation. More than two million Americans have become dependent or abused prescription pain pills and street drugs. Amanda didn’t want to become another statistic. Thanks to you, she received support she desperately needed.    Amanda was introduced to heroin when she was just 26 years old. At the time,

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