All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
The location of Journey Home West in Layton, Utah is a perfect backdrop for checking off the classic summer bucketlist for its residents. Just minutes away from green mountains, blue lakes, red deserts, service opportunities and night time outdoor events, these residents are getting out and about. The Journey Home experience assists residents in learning the fundamentals about how important shared experiences are in relationships and how planning doesn't have to be a big ordeal. The activities are discovered and planned by the residents and staff, and the memories made during these outtings become an important mile marker to growing up and being more independent.
Shortly after three high school graduations in late May, the girls started the summer season by planning a surprise birthday party for a resident who had never had a birthday party of her own. Next was hiking Timpanogas Cave, Bonneville Shoreline, and walking around the Spiral Jetty. The great location of Journey Home West offers a variety of other fun activities for the residents, such as evening car shows of classic rides, outdoor movies at the drive-in, enjoying the music at the Twilight Concert Series in nearby Ogden and loving on some furry friends at the Tinker Cat Cafe. In addition to all the fun outings, there are always important Life Skills activites built into the schedule. For example, the latest life skill focused on car maintenance, where the girls spent time learning how to change a tire, jump start a car and change the oil.
The girls are also diligent at making sure they are getting out to serve the community in various ways, such as weeding and gardening for the Habitat for Humanity homes and volunteering at Arrowhead Stables. Beautifying where they live has also been on the agenda, and this year the residents re-fashioned flower beds at the Journey Home.
The various events and activities are attended by residents when summer job schedules allow, and all are documented in some way, from keeping movie and concert stub tickets, to getting just the right filtered picture. All of these memories are kept and saved, to be made into a memory book for the residents and given to them upon their graduation from the program. This can remind them of the fun that was had, the challenges that were met and overcome, and the friendships they were able to make and maintain. There is no better backdrop to growing up than getting out and making memories, even if it is trying different things.
About the Journey Home
Journey Home West was established in Layton, UT in 2008 after noticing there were limited options for our clients from Solstice RTC West needing a community-based step down option. Journey Home West 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 with 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.