Success Stories

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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Thinking Well

Thanks to a grant from the Granger Foundation, Highfields’ PRIDE staff has the most up-to-date training to help high-risk students succeed.    Do you know how to walk up to someone and introduce yourself in a polite way without offending them? Do you know how to appropriately ask for permission to be excused from class

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A Team Approach

Thanks to you, Kathy has a team to lean on.    “I thought that I could handle everything,” Kathy said with a sigh. “I’ve been a Special Education teacher for 25 years…but when you’re in the middle of a family crisis and trying to handle it all, it’s overwhelming.”    Kathy describes a chaotic year

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Jean and daughter Rebekah are closer than ever

“Rebekah started going through a very difficult time when she was a teenager five years ago. Her father and I had divorced. I was working and not home as much with the kids. Her grandmother had passed away, and her older sister married and moved out.  The combination of events took its toll on her, and she started

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Crystal sees positive changes in son Javon

“Reaching Higher has made a significant difference in my son’s life. Javon has become more social, active, and confident.  Before Reaching Higher, Javon never really had friends. He was bullied at school and was becoming depressed. He would always decline coming on family trips and would just play video games instead.  When he started attending Reaching Higher, that

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Dontrell re-focused his priorities at Highfields

Thanks to supportive staff and opportunities at Highfields, Dontrell is making positive changes. “My dad has spent most of my life in prison. When I was 10 years old, I began to let negative influences take ahold of me.  I was getting into shootouts and robbing people and not thinking about the consequences of my

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Mini Milestones

Thanks to your support, 10-year-old Samuel* has opportunities to be successful.    Katherine* embraces the joys and challenges of being a mother. She and her husband raised five biological children who are now adults living on their own. They now have seven adopted children ages 6-17 at home. All seven children have been through the

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“I’m so grateful!”

When Jodi was in crisis, she reached out for help. Thanks to you, Highfields was able to step in and stabilize her family.    Jodi has four amazing children under the age of 15 and all have special needs.    “Before we started working with Highfields, we were unable to go to the store, go

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She Did It!

Thanks to supportive Ingham Academy staff, Rochelle has a bright future ahead of her.    “Before Ingham Academy, I was at a really low point in my life,” said Rochelle. “I never went to school because I was bullied.”    Rochelle became truant and was put on probation for missing too much school. Her Probation

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