The staff and volunteers of Young House Family Services are dedicated to creating a healing community through the utilization of their special gifts and talents. The agency's good stewardship is characterized by the prudent use of resources entrusted to it. Our primary goal is to improve the lives of children and families.
"My son was enrolled in the Day Treatment Program after having numerous altercations and behavioral issues at school. The staff helped him learn self-control, anger management, dealing with peers, and other self-help things. Before Day Treatment I felt helpless and feared I had nowhere to turn. Since attending Day Treatment we have noticed a big change in our son. He not only communicates better at home, but his attitude in school has changed wonderfully.
"My family and I became involved with the Day Treatment Program when our son was placed on probation. I can tell you that from the program our family greatly benefited from it. A few things we learned were how to communicate as a family, how to hold our son accountable for his actions, how to work together as parents. Before the program our son was headed in the wrong direction. He is more respectful, he goes to school daily, and does his chores at home. This program is a very important asset to our community.
"I don't know where to begin... my name is Marissa and I'm a Christamore Graduate! At first I never thought Christamore would help me because I was involved in other programs before I arrived at Christamore. I thought it was nothing but a JOKE. After my first week there I started to realize in my heart Christamore was there to HELP me. I was abused and the kind of person who acted out in aggressive ways. They worked with me to understand there are other ways to react to negative feelings and actions. I have made so much progress it is UNBELIEVABLE. I used to attack people and blame everything on them, never taking accountability for myself. Now I am able to realize enough is enough. I used to have a terrible attitude, I used to tell people that I could not control it. Now my attitude has made a huge improvement. I learned so many new things at Christamore its unbelievable. Once again I wanted to thank you, Christamore... And especially [my Caseworker and the Youth Care Workers], they were a big help in my life. If it was not for them I could have never completed the program like I did.
"When I first arrived at Christamore, I thought to myself, "What did I just get myself into." I was shocked to think that I really messed up this time. Before arriving at Christamore I struggled with anger issues, impulsive thoughts and actions, the death of my grandmother, my mother struggling with drugs and alcohol, problems from my past and disregard for authority. About half way through my treatment I felt like I hit a wall and I just wanted out. My mother was struggling with drugs and alcohol and not getting the help she needs. I was ok with doing just enough to get by. However, all this changed when my mother admitted herself into a rehab facility. I felt if she was going to get the help she needed, it was time for me to focus on what I needed to do so I can be ready to graduate. I feel that I have made major improvements on my anger management, impulse control, accepting my grandmother's death, better communication skills with my mother and resolving family problems.
"The Brief Intensive Services Program was a "Life Saver" for our daughter and our family. When we started the BIS Program, we were at our wits end and looking for out of the home options for our daughter. After having the BIS Program and [our Caseworker] work with our daughter, she learned to deal with her behaviors in appropriate manners and became well-adjusted at home, at school and in the community. Our daughter still refers to [Caseworker] as "the teacher who helped me behave." She often wants us to call her to let her know how well she is doing and that she is being a good girl.
"Living at Woodlands detached me from Davenport and any and all foundation, which made me... me, resulting in making myself self¬sufficient in all aspects. The lessons you taught me went beyond drug abuse. You simply told me there was more to life and of course I could do anything! I believed you. I know sometimes counselors say such things to motivate their patients, but I took it as pure honesty. Thank you. Throughout my post-Woodlands life I've used so many tools just to get by day to day.
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