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Mindfulness for the Community

Becky Womboldt, Highfields’ Mindfulness and Meditation Coordinator, has created a Mindfulness and Meditation Program that fits the needs of people and organizations in the community. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker, and has been practicing mindfulness since 2018. Her customized programs fit the needs of schools, workplaces, individuals, and more. Mindfulness in schools

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Putting the “Human” in Human Resources

Spring Arbor career fair with (L-R) South Team Supervisor – Lara Hewson, Human Resources – Heidi Barber and Marketing Specialist – Emily Morgan. The hiring, training and administration of employees is the foundation for human resources. For Heidi Barber, the position is an honor she doesn’t take lightly. Throughout her career, Heidi has always been

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A Family’s Legacy to Give Back

During her childhood, Elaine Putvin had the chance to visit Highfields’ Onondaga campus with her family. As annual supporters, her parents Dave and Irene Johnson believed in the vision Highfields strived to build within communities. “My parents were always very service-oriented people, helping others wherever they could,” said Elaine. After graduating high school, Elaine moved

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A Sleepover to Remember!

Highfields’ Reaching Higher After-School Program has been given the challenge of the year as teachers and students continue to adjust to online learning. Last month, teachers from Attwood Elementary went above and beyond in their dedication to helping students in creative ways by hosting a virtual sleepover! “I’m so happy that all the kids were

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Being a Mother First

There is a special bond between a mother and her children. For Charlene, becoming a mother was the greatest gift, though it was becoming more challenging than she anticipated. “My kids taught me how to love and be loved,” said Charlene. “But happiness within our family has been missing for a long time.” Her sixteen

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“Protecting My Family”

Mary* was trying to balance the stress of her job as a traveling hospice aid while parenting her four children with her ex-husband, all while eight months pregnant. As if this wasn’t enough, she found out that her boyfriend was abusing her four-year-old son while she was at work. During a visit with his children,

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Making a Vow

First comes love, and then comes marriage, a house, and kids… it’s a tale as old as time. Jenny* and her husband followed these steps and were hopeful for their future together. Everything was going great until Jenny and her family lost their house. Her relationship with her husband became rocky, and they struggled to

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Safety Updates on Highfields’ Campus

Highfields has had to adapt to the changing environment just like the rest of the world. For students part of the Residential Treatment Program, life isn’t much different, but it does have some new challenges. Highfields’ campus is full of relatively new students, which reduces the impact of peer leadership and leads to some behavioral

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From Hoops to Hope

While most summer activities were either cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Highfields’ residential students were able to participate in basketball camp in late-August thanks to a grant from the RE Olds Foundation. Students and staff both looked forward to the basketball camp as a great way to end the stressful summer and

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Asking for Help

Tina* was being abused by her husband for years. She trained her mind to find ways to avoid making him upset in the hope that it would protect her and her kids, but it didn’t. She began to rely on drinking to cope. She was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and was referred

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