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Learning to Trust

       When Luis* and his family moved from Mexico to the United States, he had a difficult time transitioning. Luis struggled with change, especially in a new environment with a large family. His main support was his cousin, who he confided in for friendship and advice. Unfortunately, a year ago, he passed away.

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Someone to Lean On

                After finally being adopted, Keona and her sister Alyssa thought they could enjoy a forever home. Two years ago, their world was turned upside down by their adopted mom’s passing away.                With no relationship with any of her family members, Rebecca was placed in an impossible situation. She decided to foster both girls that her mother

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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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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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Coaching On and Off the Court

Thanks to generous donors at our Golf Outing, our residential students participated in one week of basketball camp! Maurice Benson from Games Solid Skills Training took the opportunity to coach the boys in more ways than one.    “One of the most influential people in my life was my basketball coach in high school,” said

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Highfields Wins MAAA State Championship

“How do you want to be remembered?” – Head Coach, Matt Rau    For the first time in over a decade, Highfields’ basketball team brought home a State Championship from the Michigan Alternative Athletic Association.    It was a historic day that almost didn’t happen. Up until the day before, Highfields wasn’t guaranteed to play in

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Becoming Independent

“Highfields has changed my life” – Marcus    Marcus came to Highfields’ residential treatment program in 2016.  He needed to work on his anger, learn how to get along with his mom, and make a plan for his future that didn’t involve running away.    With help from his Family Counselor, Chris Jurasek, Marcus is

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A Family Once Again

Jamie never wants to go through the experience of losing her children again. Thanks to your support, Highfields’ program has taught her how to keep her family together, healthy, and happy.    When Jamie lost the rights to her children four years ago, she was devastated. She was in an abusive relationship at the time,

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