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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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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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The MST Duo

Mutisystemic Therapy (MST) is a family and community-based treatment program designed to help at-risk youth make better decisions. After 30 years in the food and beverage industry, Ron Jackson decided he needed a new challenge. He attended night classes to continue his education, and became one of the first therapists to be hired for Highfields’

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Keep Moving Forward

Ingham Academy is an alternative high school in Lansing that gives youth involved in the court system a chance to earn a diploma while learning necessary life skills. It is run with a partnership between Ingham Intermediate School District, Highfields, and the Ingham County Circuit Court. Joanna Hayes began working at Highfields 13 years ago

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Searching for Safety

Being a parent can be both rewarding and terrifying, especially at 17 years old. For James*, it meant stepping up and providing for his family. James was struggling to balance a good relationship with his son’s mom, provide for his family, and look out for his six siblings, all while trying to make it through

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Exploring Pure Michigan

When it comes to summer vacation, the goal is to have as much fun as possible, right? For Highfields' residential students, that’s exactly what they did! From the thrills of the tallest roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure, to the chill of the arctic waters where the penguins play, residential students had a busy summer. “Being

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“I see progress every time I see my son”

The first Family Treatment Weekend in the Dart Family Treatment and Education Center was a success! We had a record number of families visit the weekend of July 20-22. Parents like Angela, Charkia and Christina had amazing experiences with their families and can't wait to come back again! “Thanks to Highfields, I see progress every

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How much do your Air Jordan’s cost?

Financial literacy can be a challenge. Thankfully, Highfields’ residential students had the opportunity to learn about the importance of finances through to a grant from the Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee and lessons provided by MSU Federal Credit Union. Building a strong financial background begins with the basics, saving, spending and sharing. Youth are often

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A Graduation Like No Other

(Above) Dustin speaks to friends, family members and the community about his rewarding high school experience at Ingham Academy.  Written By Mark Emmert, Vice President of The Dart Bank and Chairperson of Highfields Board On July 27th I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Ingham Academy Graduation Celebration and watching several young men and women receive their

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We Need a Bigger Boat!

Presentation by Tim Monroe    Highfields and NASW-MI (National Association of Social Workers in MI) aligned this week to celebrate Social Work Month with two networking luncheons. It was a great opportunity to learn about NASW-MI local chapters, talk about careers at Highfields, and discuss the challenges and solutions associated with social work.    Highfields' Vice President of

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