Developing Critical Life Skills in a Caring Home Setting
Journey Home is the perfect fit for girls ages 16 – 21 seeking to build on skills learned in therapeutic settings, who still need continued assistance in developing further life skills. Journey Home is designed to be a 6 to 12 month transitional program. During the day, students work a local job or attend a local high school or college. In the evening, students return to the home setting with other Journey Home students and staff.
Journey Home combines the warmth and comfort of a traditional home setting with the continued guiding hand of staff. This means that our residents live in a home setting on a quiet cul-de-sac with other young women who are also coming out of treatment programs.
As part of the program, residents strengthen critical life-skill responsibilities such as:
- maintaining cleanliness of living space and property
- time management
- meal preparation
- gaining employment
- appropriate recreation
- personal hygiene
Guides Helping Students Achieve Success
Journey Home house parents are assigned to students to act as their individual “guide” during their stay at the Journey Home. A guide acts as a personal role model and support for the individual student. Girls meet with their guide at least every two weeks to review progress on goals in the five core areas. Guides offer support and direction to the girls on how to accomplish their goals, assist them in their studies, homework and skill development. If girls need help in writing a resume, completing school assignments, practicing job interview skills, or any other need, their guide is there to support them.
Journey Home Activities
Healthy Living and Social Integration, two of the five core principles, include a focus on learning to use positive recreational activities as part of a healthy lifestyle. We teach the value of students developing hobbies and interests as well as ways students can have healthy “fun”.
Students at the Journey Home are encouraged to pursue positive hobbies, develop talents and skills, and participate in fun, leisure activities. Many of these activities are planned and developed by the Journey Home girls and staff to do together. Girls are also encouraged to pursue some of these activities on their own.
Some of the regular group activities at the Journey Home include “Fun Food Friday”, snowsports in the winter, visiting museums, going to movies, exploring the local outdoors by hiking and biking, and many other local events and activities.
School or Local Job
Journey Home students who are looking to continue their education can do so at Journey Home. For some students, this means attending a local high school or working remotely on a GED. Students can also pursue college course curriculum through local college options or online coursework.
Other students work at a local job, typically in retail or local restaurants. Journey Home helps students through the selection and interview process.
Part of the value in both school and holding a job is to reinforce the important life skills of time management, being accountable, and doing something well.
Classes, Instruction, & Therapy
Our goal is to help students transition from structured residential programs to home. To do this we try to bring the best of both “worlds” – the continued clinical assistance of a program with the practical, real-life aspects of home.
All the girls at the Journey Home participate in classes such as the following:
- Nutrition and cooking
- Financial literacy: planning, budgeting, and goal-setting
- Healthy relationships and dating
- Other classes as determined by need and interests to the girls
Unlike many other transition programs, students at the Journey Home participate in weekly therapy, alternating between family and individual sessions. During the week, students also attend two group therapy sessions, led by the Journey Home therapist. These groups are Healthy Lifestyles and a therapeutic processing group.