Success Stories

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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Courage of Living

                Raven felt alone as she struggled with depression and anxiety, causing her to resort to cutting herself and substance abuse. At 17 years old, Raven struggled with self-esteem and trust among her family, which lead to attempting to take her life.                 It wasn’t until Raven attempted suicide that her mom was introduced to

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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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Thanks to you, Anna Graduated!

  After refusing to go to school, Anna was interviewed to become part of Ingham Academy’s educational program for troubled youth. She came into the program with zero credits, and an ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Once she gave the program a chance, she realized that life was about more than following the rules. The more she

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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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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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