Stories

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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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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Overcoming Grief

You helped a family overcome multiple issues to see a brighter future.    When 16-year-old Brandon lost one close friend to suicide and two family members to drug overdoses, he became a different person.    “He was a happy-go lucky kid on the honor role at school,” said his mother, Carlee. “Then he turned to drugs

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Aldinger Scholarship Recipients: One Year Later

Last year, 19 individuals received Highfields' Aldinger Scholarships to support their educational goals. Five students share where they are one year later and the impact the scholarship had on their lives. Aliyah: I am currently in my second semester of my freshman year at Grand Valley State University, and everything is going well so far. I’ve

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You helped Lisa find her voice

For years, Lisa felt guilty correcting her grandkids. Thanks to your support, she is stepping up to be the parent they need.    Lisa’s* grandchildren, Ricky* and Jaime*, experienced trauma even before they were born. Their mother was addicted to drugs. They were abused and neglected as babies. Lisa and her late husband obtained full

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