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Family Finds Peace

Vernia and James were tired of arguing with their kids. It was time to try something different. Thanks to your support of Highfields, they found a solution that works for their family.    Vernia and James were fighting a losing battle at home. Their children were getting rebellious – lying, sneaking out of the house,

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Rock Bottom to Recovery

The opioid epidemic is gripping our nation. More than two million Americans have become dependent or abused prescription pain pills and street drugs. Amanda didn’t want to become another statistic. Thanks to you, she received support she desperately needed.    Amanda was introduced to heroin when she was just 26 years old. At the time,

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The Sky’s The Limit!

Reaching Higher benefits at-risk students    “I love STEM!” said Hailie, a student in Highfields’ after-school program, Reaching Higher.    Do you know what STEM stands for? If not, you’re not alone. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s also one of Hailie’s favorite enrichment activities.    Enrichment activities are a big part

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Why Me?

You helped Chadelena get back on her feet when she was alone and struggling. Now she is reunited with her children, and stepping up to be the mother she needs to be.    “I’ve been a good mom. Why did this happen to me?” Chadelena wondered as she looked back on the past year.  

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Saving Ivy

Mary and Sheldon didn’t know what to do when their 4-year-old foster daughter, Ivy, started having nightmares related to her past. Thanks to your support, Highfields’ therapist, Gayla Ignacio, stepped in and knew exactly what to do to help Ivy recover.    Mary and Sheldon Lange met their baby girl Ivy when she was just

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An Unbreakable Bond

   Sherri has a heart for children who are suffering. For fourteen years she has dedicated her life to providing foster care, and has cared for over 60 children in her home.    Sherri adopted two of her foster children: Kara, age 10, and Nolan, age 5. Both of them are diagnosed with autism spectrum

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Savonn Turns His Life Around

      Six short months ago, Savonn had difficulty thinking before acting on his emotions. It had gotten him into trouble in the past. He didn't consider his consequences, and chose to commit armed robbery.    However, through Highfields' after-school program PRIDE, Savonn learned how to turn his life around. The overall goal of the PRIDE program is

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Chelsea Earns Success With Your Support

   When Chelsea got expelled from school in the seventh grade, she didn’t know what would happen. She couldn’t get into another school; she had been expelled or suspended for fighting from too many schools already. In fact, from the fifth grade until the seventh grade, she had spent about two weeks a year attending

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Steve Helps Kids Become Successful Adults

   When a friend suggested that Steve Swart disc jockey a talent show at Highfields, he wasn’t sure it was something he wanted to do. He had never worked with kids before. But, just for fun, he did it anyway — and he loved it.    Swart said seeing all the positive work done at

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Ingham County Judge Finds Inspiration

   Judge Janelle Lawless likes assisting people. Her favorite part of her job as Chief Judge of the Ingham County Circuit Court is her ability to help families change for the better. She likes seeing the evolution in children and families as they work hard and utilize the programs available to them. She said this is

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