All Kinds of News for November 07, 2018
Journey Home, a residential step-down program for young adult women ages 16-21, helps students through their transition from a wilderness or residential treatment program back into their local community. By involving themselves in the local community through weekly volunteer work, school life, and part-time jobs, students feel empowered to build relationships with individuals in the community and gain confidence in the skills they’ve built after leaving a structured treatment setting.
In the past couple of months, students have volunteered on a regular basis at a variety of local organizations. Each Friday, they spend a couple of hours helping out at a local stable. Additionally, students have been volunteering at a local non-profit organization called Gigi’s Playhouse, where they help children with Down’s Syndrome build social skills and improve motor functions. Students also volunteer regularly at Habitat For Humanity and the local animal shelter.
“Volunteer work is very important because it gives students a chance to help others and feel passionate about the work they are doing,” says Eliza Quarnberg, Program Director at Journey Home. “It’s amazing to see a student find something very special and important to them. They can throw themselves into it, having fun while helping others.”
In addition to service work, some residents have become involved in clubs such as Debate and Theatre at the local high school they attend. One student recently won first place at her debate club’s tournament.
All students at Journey Home have part-time jobs within the community. At their jobs, many students have made friends that they hang out with outside of work on a regular basis.
“It’s really important for students to go out in the community and build relationships with others,” says Quarnberg. “We are trying to help them learn how to live a healthy, functional life out in the community. Local part-time jobs, volunteer work, and involvement in their school organizations all play a positive role in helping them find success outside of treatment.”
Learn more about Journey Home by visiting https://journeyhome.com/ or call 801-444-0794.
About Journey Home West
Journey Home West is a transitional living step-down program for girls ages 16-21 that have successfully completed a therapeutic program and are seeking further development of life skills before they transition into an independent living setting. Journey Home West is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Journey Home and if it could be the right fit for your daughter, please call: 801-444-0794.