Guardian Angel Home ensures that the children in our care are provided with a home-like environment to facilitate their security, support, development and treatment.
Each young person has a story that is unique and often heart breaking. We strive to instill hope, confidence, self esteem and coping behaviors for these young men to function productively within their family, school and community so that they can develop into healthy and secure adults.
Guardian Angel Home is divided into two separate living units of eight boys each – one for younger boys and one for older boys. The younger boys’ unit is Gill Hall, and the older boys’ unit is Edwards Hall. Clients are divided on the basis of age and social and emotional levels. This allows us to have one hall for younger boys, ages 6-12, and an older boys’ hall, for ages 12-17.
Each child has his own bedroom, and he is able to decorate it to make it more homey to his comfort. The social area includes comfortable furniture, and a wide-screen television with a DVD player and cable access. The clients eat together in a cafeteria with a set menu guided by a nutrition counselor.
The group living experience is structured, and designed for staff interactions which are individualized for each client’s needs in order to build a healthy therapeutic relationship which encourages the client to begin to manage and change their behaviors.
The emphasis in the living units is on safety first. Their safety is the basis for a secure, therapeutic environment for abused children. It allows them to begin to thrive and grow. Safety is the number one imperative to ensure a clinical dynamic that allows the children to begin learning to trust adults, to explore their trauma and to reintegrate their social development.
Each child has therapeutic mental health needs and we are here to help. All of our clients have experienced some type of severe trauma. The team members are specially trained to manage the symptoms and behaviors associated with these diagnoses in a safe and best practice manner per strict treatment standards.
The residents have daily recreational activities in the living units and on the grounds. They also have planned structured activities, including field trips, sports, fishing and movies in the community. There are opportunities for the boys to engage in recreational activities. Many of our boys can attend local church services on a regular basis. The boys also take special field trips to amusement and water parks, professional and semi-professional sporting events, and horseback riding, thanks to generous donor support.
Each child has an individualized treatment plan addressing their specific emotional, behavioral, mental health and trauma recovery issues. This plan consists of a specialized approach of case work services, mentoring, individual and group therapy and family therapy services where appropriate, as well as other needed specialized psychiatric and medical services.
Guardian Angel Home supports regular visits and therapy with family or relative members of the clients and will facilitate these meetings according to the individualized treatment plan.