Most people who visit Promise Village comment on how inviting, therapeutic, safe, and comfortable it feels.
The beautiful 70-acre ranch is perfectly suited for the needs of the program and the kids and families we serve. There is a positive, home-like environment that contributes to the restorative effect that nurtures growth for each youth and family. Our multi-dimensional approach is a catalyst to promote positive life changes for our residents by providing a strength-based, individualized, accountability-based, healthy, and healing living environment.
One of the first questions a parent or young person should ask themselves is, “how do I feel about this place?” “Does it feel warm and supportive or cold and uncomfortable?” At Promise Village we have purposefully created a program that has a family or home-like feeling which is called the “milieu.” We have done everything we can to eliminate an institutional feel.
The home is well cared for and nicely appointed, sending the message to the residents that we value them and are going to treat them with dignity and respect. Our small size allows for all residents and staff to be interconnected and engaged with each other. Intentionally, our model of care dictates, and studies confirm, that when it comes to residential treatment, smaller is more effective. It allows for more individual attention on every level, increased accountability, more emotional intimacy, a family-like setting, growth in relationship development and insures that no resident “slips through the cracks.”
The relationship-based model of care lets the resident know that we are there to help them in any way possible as they work through their issues. We are truly focused on alliance rather than just compliance. Our Life Coaches, Therapists, and ancillary staff are upbeat, loving, and invested in fostering positive relationships with the residents and families we serve. We know that the combination of our external environment and the importance of caring relationships are catalysts to nurturing internal change.
We do not underestimate the importance of having fun, playing, and laughing together. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 It is not uncommon to walk through the halls at Promise Village and hear much laughter and positive “good times” occurring. This is a great indication of a healthy and healing environment.
Our 70-acre property allows “kids to be kids.” It provides opportunities for our residents to get in touch with nature and reflect on God’s beautiful creation. The 10-acre stocked lake is replete with fish that are waiting to be caught and thrown back. The outdoor riding arena and horseback riding trails are utilized for pleasure and the equine therapy program. The working farm gives opportunity for the residents to learn responsibility and work ethic. The grounds give ample room for recreational therapy, adventure-based exercises, individual and team sports, as well as purpose-driven activities. The 12-stall horse barn and indoor riding arena allows for equine therapy activities even when there is inclement weather. There is an additional large barn and run-ins that help facilitate the animal-assisted/equine therapy programs.
The main building houses the therapy offices wing, administrative offices, kitchen and dining room, Life Coach office, recreation room, television/video game room, game room, and multi-purpose building. All of these spaces are designed to maximize the opportunities for “teachable moments” in the milieu and with each resident.
What Senator John Pappageorge Says…
“The reason Promise Village is so great is because they understand that to save a kid it takes one-on-one relationships. The beauty of the program is the way they use animals to connect with the kids and to begin to build responsibility on the part of the kids by looking after the animals. The most satisfying thing is to see where these kids have been, where they are now, and where they are headed in the future. It’s wonderful to see the remarkable changes in their lives. This program works. In fact, we’ve got to figure out how to have Promise Village’s all over the country. I’ve been involved with Promise Village for a number of years now and know it is a superb program. I’ve said to others that it’s a model we need to export to the rest of the country.”