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 actions.

I had my daughter when I was 13 years old.  This changed a lot for me.  I wanted money so I could provide for my daughter.  I tried to make money the right way, but I didn’t feel like it was enough, so I started making money the wrong way.  It put me in a lot of dangerous situations. I was caught committing crimes, and was placed at Highfields Residential Treatment Program.

Highfields has helped me prioritize my life.  Before I felt that money was the only thing that mattered, but now I realize that being there for my family and my daughter is more important that anything.  I can see that my past behaviors were taking me away from family. I understand that I need to change in order to be supportive of my family. 

I believe that if I hadn’t come to Highfields I would be dead or in prison.  I have a second chance at life now thanks to Highfields."

– Dontrell