Stories

A Collective Voice

New youth council empowers students, like Xandir and Jordan (pictured above)    Thanks to the influence of the Building Bridges Initiative, Highfields is enhancing programs and creating new opportunities for students.    One example is youth council where students have a chance to voice their opinions, make decisions, and address challenges.    “The purpose of youth

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Journey into Adulthood

Jordan is learning life skills at Highfields to become an independent adult.    At 17-years-old, Jordan is one of the oldest students in Highfields residential program. It shows, too. He is smart, articulate and mature.    He is nearly finished with the program and ready to be on his own. Unlike other students, Jordan isn’t returning

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Why You Matter

During counseling with Highfields, despite their hard work, David and Jennifer experienced unemployment and struggled to provide for their family. Here’s why your support matters.    One of the biggest problems Highfields’ clients face is financial stability and they struggle to meet basic needs.    During counseling with Highfields, David and Jennifer experienced financial hardships that affected

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Local Businesses Put Families First

Dart Container and Two Men and a Truck are helping make the world a better place. For years, Dart Container provided furnished apartments to contractors. Now they no longer need the furnishings and they decided to assist people in need. Dart wanted the furniture to benefit mid-Michigan families, and Highfields was one recipient of donations.

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Thanksgiving Poem

Why I'm Thankful By: Jordan I'm thankful for my family because they keep me going even when I want to give up. I'm thankful for God because without God I would not be breathing. I'm thankful for the providers at Highfields because they provide me with a second chance to change my life.  I'm thankful for

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Sit, Fetch, and Heal

Therapy dogs help students who are dealing with trauma.    Did you know that pets can be more than just cute and cuddly?    Dogs, for instance, can be trained to provide affection, comfort and love to people in schools, hospitals, and even residential treatment facilities like Highfields. They are called therapy dogs.    Students

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Growing Up

Thanks to Highfields’ supportive staff, Marcelo is becoming a man.    Sixteen-year-old Marcelo wants to start over. He’s not the same kid he used to be.    “I’ve matured a lot and I view things differently now,” he said.    Marcelo was first put on probation when he was 13 years old. He wasn’t getting

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Thanks to you, Chase went to the dance!

   Chase was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder at a young age, and later on with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has had difficulty learning in a normal school setting and coming from a single-parent home he has only his mom, Laura, for family support. Laura is unable to work due to health problems, and finances are

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Thinking Well

Thanks to a grant from the Granger Foundation, Highfields’ PRIDE staff has the most up-to-date training to help high-risk students succeed.    Do you know how to walk up to someone and introduce yourself in a polite way without offending them? Do you know how to appropriately ask for permission to be excused from class

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A Team Approach

Thanks to you, Kathy has a team to lean on.    “I thought that I could handle everything,” Kathy said with a sigh. “I’ve been a Special Education teacher for 25 years…but when you’re in the middle of a family crisis and trying to handle it all, it’s overwhelming.”    Kathy describes a chaotic year

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