Success Stories

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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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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