I can’t thank you enough for all of your help and the staff’s help over at Northwest, because, we truly believe that you all saved Cassandra, and because of you all and her hard work, that we have her here today. I can tell you that Cassandra is wanting to go to school and be able to work in a place like Northwest to help others as you all did for her.
Eli has been chosen as Student of the Week. Eli arrives at school each day and greets his peers and teachers with a welcoming smile. He is observant and curious about the world around him and notices small details that many other students overlook. He's a pleasure to have in the classroom and has come such a long way! Way to go Eli! Keep up the great work!
I want to give a shout out to our student Cam. After a long stretch of chronic truancy at school and initially when he started here, he had perfect attendance in April and on his way to that in May as well!
Claire is doing AWESOME, she has her diverse license, works two jobs, she is accepted to start Challenge Academy in January and then UW River Falls will take her at 17 and she can live in the dorms next fall! She is also thinking about going to Germany as an exchange student through UW River Falls. Her behavior has been so easy to manage. Thank you to your team, I truly feel your team really helped her
When I attended NWJ, it was difficult at first. I thought everyone didn’t like me, but the more I was there, I learned I was wrong. It was just that everyone was there for a reason, so it was not that everyone didn’t like each other, they just had their own thing going on. The more I attended NWj, everyone there seemed like my own second family that I could trust. The staff there are very helpful. They helped me through a lot of stuff. The staff helped me when I wanted to end my own life. They made a real difference
When I first started day treatment I thought it was going to be the worst place on earth and that I was going to absolutely hate it. After a while of going, it was the exact opposite. Mentors actually helped and cared and genuinely wanted to make us become better people. It was like having a second family that understood a little better and did not judge you for your mistakes. Before I knew it, I loved going and was not miserable. I felt safe and was able to talk about things I was always afraid to share
What on earth have you done to my daughter? It’s like a light switch flipped this last month. The aggression is gone. She has been accepting redirection. She has been appropriately saying what she needs or feels instead of yelling and screaming. School said the same thing. She has been going out to recess, reintegrating into her mainstream classes and was advocating for her classmates in her social skills group. It’s so awesome to see her be successful.
His school cannot believe the change they have seen in him. He had a moment that he was upset last week and he was able to regulate himself in the regular classroom. This would have been a full on meltdown that would have usually ended in him having to go home. I am in disbelief how Northwest Journey has helped him.
I will say, they are doing the BEST they have EVER done and I contribute that to all the wonderful work you all have done with them! They are responding….it might be slow, and they continue to have their issues, but they are responding and making some changes. So, give yourselves all (lots) of pats on the back!
J - (Social Worker)
Thank you guys for everything. You really helped me to change my life. As you know before I came to journey. I was lost, and going down the wrong path. I had a terrible relationship with my sister & niece. I was an emotional wreck, and on the edge of giving up and giving up hope on life. I couldn't see the good things in life, because I was too busy looking at the wrong in life. I had no idea of how to cope positively, I was a mess. I was pretending to be somebody I wasn't, because I didn't know who I really was. Journey showed me how to open my eyes, and find who I really was, to see the good things in life; instead of focusing on the wrong all the time. Journey taught me how to cope, without hurting myself, or hurting others. It opened my eyes to things I never thought would be possible again. Journey taught me things I've been trying to do for 3 years now, but couldn't without the support and consistency Journey provided. Journey helped me to find the person I really am, helped me to come out of the shell I'd been hiding in for years, and improved my relationship with my sister; especially considering I am able to cope a lot better as of now. I am so grateful for all of the things Journey has taught me, and all the time spent. I am grateful for the care & support staff has given to me. It’s amazing to see how when I struggled, nobody there gave up on me. Instead you believed in me and helped me to change it around. Journey has been the best thing that has happened in my life and I thank ALL of you so much, I can’t even thank you enough for what you have done for me.
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