Success Stories

A New Tune to Making a Difference

After leaving Highfields in March of 2019, 17-year-old Jordan walks across the stage just a couple months later at the Leslie High School Graduation. After Jordan’s troubled past, he explains how he used his experience at Highfields to overcome his challenges. “Staying out of trouble is mandatory,” Jordan states. Highfields really helped to change the

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Overcoming Grief

You helped a family overcome multiple issues to see a brighter future.    When 16-year-old Brandon lost one close friend to suicide and two family members to drug overdoses, he became a different person.    “He was a happy-go lucky kid on the honor role at school,” said his mother, Carlee. “Then he turned to drugs

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Aldinger Scholarship Recipients: One Year Later

Last year, 19 individuals received Highfields' Aldinger Scholarships to support their educational goals. Five students share where they are one year later and the impact the scholarship had on their lives. Aliyah: I am currently in my second semester of my freshman year at Grand Valley State University, and everything is going well so far. I’ve

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You helped Lisa find her voice

For years, Lisa felt guilty correcting her grandkids. Thanks to your support, she is stepping up to be the parent they need.    Lisa’s* grandchildren, Ricky* and Jaime*, experienced trauma even before they were born. Their mother was addicted to drugs. They were abused and neglected as babies. Lisa and her late husband obtained full

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A Collective Voice

New youth council empowers students, like Xandir and Jordan (pictured above)    Thanks to the influence of the Building Bridges Initiative, Highfields is enhancing programs and creating new opportunities for students.    One example is youth council where students have a chance to voice their opinions, make decisions, and address challenges.    “The purpose of youth

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Journey into Adulthood

Jordan is learning life skills at Highfields to become an independent adult.    At 17-years-old, Jordan is one of the oldest students in Highfields residential program. It shows, too. He is smart, articulate and mature.    He is nearly finished with the program and ready to be on his own. Unlike other students, Jordan isn’t returning

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Why You Matter

During counseling with Highfields, despite their hard work, David and Jennifer experienced unemployment and struggled to provide for their family. Here’s why your support matters.    One of the biggest problems Highfields’ clients face is financial stability and they struggle to meet basic needs.    During counseling with Highfields, David and Jennifer experienced financial hardships that affected

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Local Businesses Put Families First

Dart Container and Two Men and a Truck are helping make the world a better place. For years, Dart Container provided furnished apartments to contractors. Now they no longer need the furnishings and they decided to assist people in need. Dart wanted the furniture to benefit mid-Michigan families, and Highfields was one recipient of donations.

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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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