2nd Home, Inc. Where dreams begin......
2nd Home was first established in 1995 by Executive Director, Darle Stone, who's vision was to provide a positive life changing experience for underprivileged children of abuse. Most of these children have also experienced the hardship of growing up in a broken home, and often times, these children go without and believe that no one cares.
In the beginning, 2nd Home's philosophy started out as a means to provide less fortunate children with a Second Chance. Today, our program's ambition is not only to provide them with a Second Chance, but to also provide them with a Second Home....
Quote "We All Have Big Changes In Our Lives That Are More Or Less A Second Chance." H. Ford (1942)At 2nd Home we believe in children’s dreams because we believe our children are our future.......
To strengthen and enhance the lives of children by providing a safe, nurturing, therapeutic home environment that affords the children in our care the opportunity flourish.
Program Statement Synopsis
2nd Home, Inc. is a Short-Term Residential Treatment Center (STRTC) for the child who has been sexually or physically abused. The population served by this STRTC will focus on referrals from The Department of Social Services and the male child between the ages of 7 and 16 years of age. The program is a 24-hour awake residential facility.
The primary goal is to provide a therapeutic living environment for the children by having childcare workers/counselors, and social workers with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and/or experience working with the children during awake hours. They will be working with the children every day and throughout the day to provide supportive counseling, logical consequences, conflict resolution, crisis management and supervision of therapeutic recreational activities. As important, they will serve as social role models and encourage role-playing during the day when appropriate. Additional psychological and psychiatric services will be provided as needed. The primary purpose of childcare workers is to provide for the basic needs of the client while also being able to help process their emotional needs.
Social skills and a sense of belonging is important to personal development.
In providing a therapeutic environment our staff are able to assist in developing self-esteem, teaching how to exist in interdependence with others, master life skills, develop bonds of affection and warmth, experience personal growth, develop stable and long-term relationships, and ultimately improve the quality of life.
All clients are capable of development and should be offered opportunities to achieve their chosen goals. Clients:
• Have responsibilities
Individual services and supports are person-centered. Clients receive services and supports tailored to meet their needs, respect their choices, values, and personal and cultural preferences.
All clients are offered opportunities to be included in the everyday life of the community as well. The STRTC facility and our staff work with client to ensure they are able to:
• Be active and contributing community members
In addition to providing residential treatment, there is also an evaluation component to 2nd Home Inc. Upon intake and during the evaluation period, the children will reside in the STRTC. Within a three-month period, psychiatric, psychological, psychoeducational and medical evaluations with medical support, will take place as needed. Comprehensive reports will be provided to the referring agency with recommendations as to appropriate placement and therapeutic treatment strategies. Specific evaluation requests are welcomed from referring agencies.
The main goal of treatment is to stabilize the child, modify negative coping strategies and to provide on-going social skill training. In addition to standard individual and group counseling strategies, daily therapeutic activities are planned. These include art therapy, personality fitness training, assertiveness training and other group activities designed to elicit group trust, cooperation and cohesiveness. A skilled childcare worker/counselor or social worker will be available during awake hours to monitor these activities, to structure a consistent therapeutic environment.
The final goal is to prepare the child to become able to function in a less restrictive environment. This may include another STRTC, foster family home or parent re-unification.
Providing a consistent therapeutic environment will allow clients the opportunity to work through their abuse issues in a safe, accepting and nurturing context. Treating the abused child is a key to stopping the cycle of abuse.