Stories

“I see progress every time I see my son”

In July, the first Family Treatment Weekend in the Dart Family Treatment and Education Center was a success! We had a record number of families that came to visit. Parents like Angela, Charkia and Christina want to come to family treatment weekend as often as they’re able. “Thanks to Highfields, I see progress every time

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Residential Students Learn Finances

Financial literacy can be a challenge. For residential students, they have an opportunity they may not have had before. Thanks to MSU Financial Credit Union, students were able to learn the importance of finances. Building a strong financial background begins with the basics, saving, spending and sharing. Youth are often told about spending, but never

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Breathe and Be: Mindfulness Matters

Many clients involved  in Highfields’ programs  struggle with stress and anxiety. Over the past two years, Highfields has incorporated mindfulness to help clients relieve stress. Highfields’ Multisystemic Therapy Supervisor, Becky Womboldt has seen positive changes in her clients using these techniques.  She recently embarked on a new adventure to become a certified mindfulness teacher  to

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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 art camp focused on mental health. Students were provided with a safe space for a mental escape from daily tasks where

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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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Full Circle

Eric found his purpose helping youth feel supported.    Eric experienced a lot of turning points in his life.    Growing up, he had a rough childhood. His parents were divorced; he acted out in school and at home, and struggled behaviorally and academically. Eric attended counseling and always remembered how the counselors made him feel…bad.

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