I came to Alternative Homes for youth and I was a pretty angry guy. I was suppose to parole from a locked facility, but instead I was told I needed a little more support on my relationship building and I would be going to Alternative Homes for Youth.
Upon arrival, I thought to myself, “This looks like a nice place”. Alternative Homes for youth has an introduction with staff and peers and I found all of the peers I would be residing with to be very positive which I was not used to. And, the Youth Advisors spent a lot of time with me going over the program and I was feeling very comfortable.
Alternative Homes for Youth therapists have a way of teaching that I better understand than in my prior placements. I have been working on Offense Specific treatment, DBT, Healthy Relationships and Art Therapy.
I have learned many new skills at Alternative Homes for youth. Here I cooked a meal for the first time in my life and learned how to properly do my laundry. Once a week we make a home-cooked meal where we choose recipes, purchase ingredients, prep and cook. Pumpkin pie and chicken and dumplings were the most recent. It is nice to look forward to that.
The school program feels very much like going to a regular high school and I enjoy it. I was supposed to leave Alternative Homes for Youth in December, but I have been given the opportunity to stay for two extra months to finish my credits and graduate. I made the choice to stay to give myself a better start when I leave. I still can’t believe that I made that choice and it feels good.
It has been great here and I really appreciate the help.