All Kinds of News for August 08, 2018
At Journey Home East, there are 5 Core Principles that integrate into the work with residents: Healthy Living, Education, Life Skills, and Personal Responsibility. While these principles support meaningful and healthy lifestyles, Journey Home East also believes that each resident should be able to approach the principles in their own unique ways. Journey Home East provides the coaching, therapy, and educational or vocational opportunities for residents to create their unique paths for future success.
Alumni residents who have graduated from Journey Home East note their ability to navigate situations that used to cause a great deal of social anxiety with a newfound confidence. For example, one resident came to Journey Home East with no experience picking up the phone to have a conversation with people. All of her experience had occurred through text and emails. She went through an extended period of not getting a job because of her fear of making phone calls and not knowing what to say. She worked with mentors and the Interdependence Coach at Journey Home East to make calls by role playing phone calls, having a friend or mentor sit with her for the phone calls, and following up after interviews with phone calls and emails. She now reports that she prefers calls over text messages because she feels more confident about herself and enjoys truly connecting with others. She also learned at Journey Home East that it was really just a phone call getting in the way of her and the job she wanted.
Additionally, alumni residents are requiring less services upon graduating from Journey Home East due to the skills and confidence they have gained and their ability to ask for help. Residents work with their primary therapist months before leaving the program on developing a strong transition plan for their next step, which usually involves regular outpatient therapy and psychiatry appointments, finding a recovery support group or social network in that area, and establishing supplemental academic support services. By the time residents leave Journey Home East, they have typically engaged in a minimum of 30 community service hours, maintained a job for an extended period of time, attended classes at a local community college, developed new interests and hobbies, and gained some of the most meaningful friendships that will last a lifetime.
About Journey Home East
Journey Home East serves females aged 16-21 and provides structure for students while they learn independent living skills. Much of the structure and support provided by our 24/7 staffed home is managing electronic devices, managing free time and social life appropriately, and budgeting, shopping for groceries, and cooking meals. Clients enrolling at Journey Home have a previous therapeutic placement, where home was not an option afterward. They are provided with a therapist in the home to work on individual and family issues.