Bright Futures

Bravery Beyond Compare

  On October 7th the Highfields family came together at the Kellogg Center to celebrate and give towards the brightening of our communities futures. Guests listened with tears in their eyes and hope in their hearts as two very different but equally beautiful success stories were shared.   Eva and her two young sons, Ricky

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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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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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