Success Stories

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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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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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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A Family Once Again

Jamie never wants to go through the experience of losing her children again. Thanks to your support, Highfields’ program has taught her how to keep her family together, healthy, and happy.    When Jamie lost the rights to her children four years ago, she was devastated. She was in an abusive relationship at the time,

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Saving Ivy

Mary and Sheldon didn’t know what to do when their 4-year-old foster daughter, Ivy, started having nightmares related to her past. Thanks to your support, Highfields’ therapist, Gayla Ignacio, stepped in and knew exactly what to do to help Ivy recover.    Mary and Sheldon Lange met their baby girl Ivy when she was just

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Highfields’ Program Helps Sandra Find Her Voice

   Sandra* and her late husband Dave* were foster parents for 40 years. They have three biological children and three adopted children. Their youngest adopted daughter Rachel* came into their foster care when she was only 10 days old. She was born a drug-addicted baby.    Sandra and Dave were told by the foster care agency that Rachel would only

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Residential Music Program Showcased at Highfields’ Breakfast

   Residential student Marcus performed an original spoken word poem titled “The Struggle” at Highfields’ Strengthening Families Breakfast on October 27th. He is one of the many students involved in Highfields’ music and arts program.    Thanks to a grant from the James and Kimberly Currie Foundation, Highfields has a new recording studio on campus, which

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Jayvon Thrives with the Right Opportunities

   Jayvon struggled in his life before coming to Highfields. He admits he hung out with the wrong crowd and was pressured into shoplifting. He had trouble following the laws of probation and was sent to a juvenile detention center. He went back and forth between different detention centers before the Judge referred him to

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