Healing Body and Soul

Jackie had been a good student and outgoing. By 5th grade, though, raising her hand at school was not an option anymore. She feared someone would see the bruises. In the 6th grade, her grades declined so much that a teacher, Mr. Spalding, worried about her. “Jackie avoids speaking in front of the class,” he (Read More…)

A Taste of Childhood

Children in residential treatment have been through the trauma of abuse, abandonment or neglect. Although they are treated by staff who are compassionate and patient, they long to feel “normal.” For these reasons, the Residential Treatment Center in Farmington established a Boy Scouts of America troop about a year ago. Case manager Jonathan Thomasson assists (Read More…)

Therapeutic Mentoring Scores a Home Run

Simone Zachary, like all our Therapeutic Mentors, looks for strengths in the children she serves. One of her mentees, Channelle, loves playing softball. Zachary enrolled her in the Redbird Rookies—a children’s program of the St. Louis Cardinals. It allows children to play sports at no cost and attend activities such as a health fair, a (Read More…)

Children Can Recover From Trauma (video)

A baby born with addiction. A middle-schooler headed for Juvenile Detention. A teenager aging out of foster care. How do children recover from trauma? Our 2016 video introduces these and other children who have survived devastating losses. This heartwarming three-minute preview tells their success stories. The full-length video, 11 minutes, is available upon request for group presentations.

Learning to Love Together

The Springfield News-Leader featured the Transitional Living program on its front page last June. The story begins with the residents’ new project involving rescue dogs and expands to other aspects. Writer Linda Leicht included girls at Ashley House, staff, volunteers and  perspectives from other non-profit organizations in the community, too. Read the entire article here: http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/2017/06/25/learning-love-together/409591001/ and forward the (Read More…)

Shifting Gears

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for many teenagers, a major step toward self-sufficiency. The girls at Ashley House, our Transitional Living program in Springfield, are as eager as any teenager to reach this milestone. When all ten residents wanted to take the written test for a driving permit, the staff recommended forming a (Read More…)

Teen Finds Forever Home

Reggie was four years old when the police removed him from his birth family. Because his mother was mentally ill and physically abusive, and his father was using drugs, Reggie entered the foster care system. For five years, as he moved between foster homes, he showed signs of developmental delays and a learning disability. He  was (Read More…)

Finding Hope at 19

 For most of her childhood, Lena wanted to die. As the eldest child in her family, she received the brunt of emotional and physical abuse from her mother. “The older I got,” Lena explains, “the meaner my mother got. She was aggressive towards me both physically and mentally. Then when I was 13, she stood by (Read More…)

Small Changes, Big Results

Clarita came to us feeling very stressed. “I was thinking bills, bills, bills, do this, do that,” she shared. “I was always on edge. On top of that, both of my girls were struggling in school and I didn’t know how to help them.” Clarita felt she was copying bad habits from her own upbringing, (Read More…)

Therapeutic Mentoring Cultivates Breakthroughs

by Therapeutic Mentor David Hermanson “I first met with Peter about one year ago. He was a 17-year-old young man living with his mother and father. When I walked into their house for the first time and sat down with Peter and his mother, he seemed very nervous and was rocking back and forth.  His mother told (Read More…)