Community Services

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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Part of Something Bigger

Community resources can be difficult to find without a little help. Highfields’ counselor, Sherronia Walker knew this all too well from growing up in Detroit with 11 brothers and sisters. During childhood, Sherronia always took care of her siblings. She recognized that people don’t always have the resources they need in order to help better

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Breathe and Be: Mindfulness Matters

Many clients involved  in Highfields’ programs  struggle with stress and anxiety. Highfields’ Multisystemic Therapy Supervisor, Becky Womboldt has seen positive changes in her clients using mindfulness techniques.  She recently embarked on a new adventure to become a certified mindfulness teacher  to enhance her skills to better serve clients. In July, Becky attended a weekend mindfulness mediation

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Color Me Resilient!

  Mental wellness comes in many shapes and sizes, helping people of all ages. Thanks to the Jackson Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee, high school age youth had an opportunity to attend a week-long therapeutic art camp facilitated by Highfields' mental health care providers. Students were provided with a safe space for a mental escape

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Dedication to W.A. and Claire Dart

On June 5, 2019, Highfields officially opened the Dart Family Treatment and Education Center which was made possible through a generous $600,000 legacy gift from the Dart Foundation in honor of W.A. and Claire Dart. W.A. and Claire’s longstanding commitment to Highfields has not only provided financial support, but built remarkable relationships with the community, since

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A New Tune to Making a Difference

After leaving Highfields in March of 2019, 17-year-old Jordan walks across the stage just a couple months later at the Leslie High School Graduation. After Jordan’s troubled past, he explains how he used his experience at Highfields to overcome his challenges. “Staying out of trouble is mandatory,” Jordan states. Highfields really helped to change the

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