“An Amazing Place!”
I wanted to make it known what an amazing place Promise Village is! The staff is highly skilled, intelligent, and compassionate. Each child receives an individualized treatment plan and the staff is able to tailor to the needs of each child.
Our son spent more than seven months there and it was one of the best decisions of our life. Alex, our son, struggled with anger and self control issues and we were having a hard time helping him cope with the difficult changes that had occurred in his life. He had turned to electronics and was avoiding dealing with and processing painful events that had strongly impacted his life. He was being disrespectful and his grades had plummeted. After touring Promise Village, learning and meeting the staff, and understanding their mission and goals for every boy that receives counseling there, we were comfortable considering them for our sons treatment.
Although we felt confident, this was truly the hardest decision we have ever had to make. The thought of our son being away from home, being raised by someone other than us, was so difficult. However, once he was at Promise Village, he began to show amazing changes. He was happy again and showing respect. He learned how to recognize negative feelings and how to cope in positive ways. Alex and our family became part of the Promise Village family. He made some lifelong friends in the life coaches who gently guided Alex day after day.
After the successful journey, and now that he is home again, the staff continue to stay in contact with us to monitor his progress. With the help of the staff and by the grace of God, I have my little man back again!!
“Thriving and Not Just Surviving”
When our son, Riley, left Promise Village after 12 months he played a song at his Candlewish (graduation) ceremony that he said summed up his time there. There was a lyric in that song that truly exemplifies this – “I want to thrive, not just survive.” Our family’s Promise Village experience has allowed us to go from survival-mode to thriving! During Riley’s time at Promise Village he worked on life skills, academic skills, and work ethic. However, it was the Christian values and expectations that were weaved into daily activities that provided the foundation of my son’s transformation from an angry, reactive child who consistently made very poor choices – to a young man driven to make better choices and welcomed Jesus into his heart. The staff and therapists demonstrated high quality life coaching and ability to work with my son’s struggles to impart life-long skills needed in today’s society.
His therapist, stayed connected to our family and communicated with us frequency. His insights, methods, knowledge, and passion for what he does allowed Riley the opportunity to make the heart-change he needed.
Our family has witnessed the skills and Christian values Riley acquired from Promise Village immediately after his return home. Promise Village continues to stay connected to Riley and our family during the transition back to our home. They value and support us as we work toward putting our family back together.
Riley’s Promise Village experience has set him on a path that will forever change the trajectory of his future. As parents who made the difficult decision to send him to this program, we unequivocally endorse The Promise Village residential program.
Heather and Brian (parents)
“By God’s Grace, We Found You”
“We cannot thank you enough for transforming our son Ryan back into the person that we knew and loved. The journey was a challenging one but so worth it. A year ago, we came to you with indescribable brokenness. We felt so helpless as we watched Ryan fail in school, have no plans for the future, no goals, and horrible friends that dragged him down and stole from us as well as him. He was a consistent liar. He snuck out at night and was on drugs. We reached out to anyone who could help without results.
By God’s grace, we found you. We came to you in desperation and you accepted us and then lifted us up and made us whole again. Ryan was in the program for one year. We visited as often as we could. We all felt safe and loved. We all received much needed counseling, especially from Mr. Daniel. Mr. Daniel taught us patience, how to communicate effectively, and how to dre-develop trust. We felt truly blessed to have Mr. Daniel with us on this journey. You can feel his faith and passion for helping kids (and parents).
Ryan received intensive therapy, was therapeutically scheduled, attended a wonderful small Christian school and learned much about God’s love. Ryan now is a 16-year-old honest young man that we are very proud of. He attends a local private Christian School where he is thriving. His grades have improved dramatically and our relationship with Ryan has transformed. We are closer than ever. Ryan’s transformation has even affected his sister that is away full time at college. She is now closer to God and so proud of Ryan for his dramatic turnaround. None of this could have happened without Promise Village and their awesome staff. We felt it was truly a miracle that we found Promise Village and they accepted us into their life changing program.”
–Barb W. (parent)
“He is 180 Degrees from Where He Began (at Promise Village)”
“Culture has a way of watching over the change of so many things. Over time things fade away. Given any particular situation, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. For instance, words take on new meanings. Perhaps the original iron clad definition many trusted in throughout time become weaker and even changed situationally. “Promise” is one such word. Thankfully though, there are still bastions of purists who truly strive for the precious meaning of this word. Promise Village: Home for Children in our opinion is one such place.
It was here that we found our son Chris. Having been introduced to Promise Village through a small Christian school where we worked and our daughter attended, we began to interact with a number of the boys and staff from Promise Village. As we began to be more involved with this organization, we were able to see how its name was way more than letters on a page. Because of our positions in the school we had a chance to be more intimately involved with the staff and the boys of PV. What we began to see was a place that kept its word, a place that truly offered a promise.
With regard to our son Chris, there is hardly a day that goes by without us realizing where he has come from. We know that ultimately God is the one who has ushered in the change, but there is equally no doubt that he used Promise Village to facilitate much of this change. It was here that Chris was able to be equipped to articulate things that many of take for granted. Chris was shown that he was worthwhile, that he mattered, that he could be a world changer. He was introduced to Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Through intentional mentoring and one on one counseling Chris was equipped to identify areas in his life that were spinning out of control, some he had responsibility for and some he didn’t. The structured and loving environment of Promise Village gave him a safe place to heal emotionally and to put into practice many of the new principles that he was being taught, not the least of which was his growth as a child of God.
Patiently and steadily Chris made progress. He worked hard. He was not made perfect through PV; however, they had a hand in some amazing metamorphosis of this young man. We witnessed success championed and failure lovingly, yet firmly addressed. Chris was taught that with success comes freedom, and with failure there is always consequences. For almost a year we watched this take place with Chris as we were waiting for the adoption process to be completed. Then finally on June 17, 2010 Chris was a permanent part of the Mavin home.
We daily build on what Chris was introduced to at Promise Village. He is 180 degrees from where he began when he first came to be at PV. Like any honest follower of Christ, Chris is a young man in process. He still has successes and failures. However, he has a different perspective in responding to both, because of his time at Promise Village. We are grateful to be affiliated with PV. Not only because they were instrumental in introducing us to our son, but because of our 22-year history in working with students and ministries and organizations that work with them and this is an organization that truly keeps its promise!”
With Love and Gratitude,
Kris & Trina Mavin
“Nothing Short of a Miracle”
“Jenny and I wanted to express our most profound gratitude to each of you for the extraordinary work you did with our son Michael. We feel that finding Promise Village when we did and placing Michael there on such short notice was nothing short of a miracle for our family and the results have certainly been an answer to so many of our prayers for our son.
Before being placed at Promise Village Michael was angry, non-compliant, dishonest, disruptive, verbally abusive, disrespectful, belligerent and unmotivated in almost every activity except video-gaming. We were unable to live a normal family life and Michael’s suspensions from school were becoming a regular occurrence. We finally came to the recognition that redirecting Michael’s life was not a task we would be able to accomplish without some sort of radical intervention.
Promise Village was the perfect choice for our son. The thoughtful and high degree of structure, 24/7 adult supervision, intensive coaching, professional counseling and relentless grace-filled, patient, wise and loving understanding of Michael was a very potent and most effective prescription for him.
He fought the program tooth and nail for about 9 months. There were three or four episodes when it looked as though we would either need to find another program or give up and bring Michael home. The staff at Promise Village handled these crises remarkably well. They always seemed to have just the right balance between toughness and kindness. It was just what Michael needed.
We are not sure what the tipping point was but it came quickly and noticeably. Staff were “pinching themselves” and so were we. It was the best news we could have received. Our son was really exhibiting the changes we had prayed for so long. He was becoming respectful, taking more responsibility for himself and others, opening up more in counseling, demonstrating patience in the face of frustration and disappointment and showing much more love and concern for others.
Michael has been home now for two full months and has started at a new school. He is doing great. Life is peaceful at home. We have always loved Michael but it is so much easier to love him now. Much of what he has learned at Promise Village now seems to be an intrinsic part of who he is. While it is too soon to say that he won’t regress or that there aren’t going to be on-going challenges we are confident that Michael’s life and ours have been permanently changed for the better. The “hope” and the “future” that God promises to His people (Jer. 29:11) now seems to be in reach.
Once again, we extend our most sincere thanks to each one of you who played a part in this redemptive story. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus in the life of our son for the past year. You are the greatest and will always have a very special place in our hearts.”
In Christian Love,
Pastor Andy and Jenny Wiegand (February, 2015)
“Words Cannot Convey the Gratitude We Have for Promise Village”
“Our son has spent the majority of his life in therapy; for 10 1/2 years our lives centered on individual therapy, family therapy, year round therapeutic school, medicine checks and two hospital stays. For our son Danny, the visits became routine and just another waste of time, he had heard it all and had little faith that anyone else can possibly say anything worth listening to. For us, the visits became desperate pleas for help, not only for our son, but for our entire family.” “At the age of 14, Danny was giving up on himself. He stated on many occasions that he wished he was ‘normal’. He would do anything to fit in somewhere, even if it meant hanging around kids that had unhealthy lifestyles. He had a feeling of hopelessness and wouldn’t stick with anything long enough to grasp it. Danny was a negative thinker, to the point of making conversation and reasoning with him exhausting. Academics fell completely by the wayside; he stopped doing homework altogether, was easily frustrated and along with that, came extreme moodiness, disrespectful and destructive behaviors.
As his parents, we came to realize and accept that despite everything we had tried, Danny was declining at a rate that was quickly heading for disaster and it was scary. We were at a crossroads and needed a deeper level of intervention, beyond anything we have already tried.
Sending our child away to live, especially in another state, was one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. However, we believe it was divine intervention that connected us to Dr. Tim and Promise Village. After a few months of unsuccessfully searching for the right place for our son, we came across the website for Promise Village, which had just been updated and seemed too good to be true; we spoke with Dr. Tim on the phone for a couple of hours and then arranged for an onsite visit. It was everything the website said and more. Not only were we confident it was a good choice, our son who was with us for the visit, felt good about it and was ready and willing to give it a try. Gratefully, after our interview process, Promise Village accepted Danny into their program.
Danny arrived at Promise Village just prior to his 15th birthday and he has grown in so many ways. This is a paragraph that we wrote in a letter to our son soon after his Journey began at Promise Village.
Our dream for you is that you will learn to think more positively, to know what it feels like to be successful, to take pride in yourself and responsibility for your behaviors, to take the initiative to do what needs to be done, to learn what it feels like to be a part of a team. We would like you to consider the consequences of your actions before acting on them, to want to do good things, to learn that sometimes you have to put a little extra effort in and work hard to get what you want. We would like you to understand how important it is to not let your anger and frustration get the best of you and to really understand the value of family and to know that we love you unconditionally. To learn that things don’t happen instantly, it takes time to learn how to play the guitar or the drums, it is an investment that you make in yourself and it is worth it. Most of all, what we really want, is for you to believe in yourself, to feel a sense of accomplishment and success, to love and be loved and above all, to be happy.
The boy who started at Promise Village is not the same young man that we have today. Danny has embraced the power of God and is eternally grateful for the fresh start and new life that he has been given. No one but Danny himself can truly tell you how he struggled and felt for the many years before Promise Village, but as his parents we see an unbelievable difference in all that he is today.
God, Dr. Tim and the entire Promise Village staff, including his horse Sally, have provided Danny with the foundation that is going to carry him through life with a spiritual goodness and values that are so vitally important to making good choices. Danny believes in himself and in those around him. He has learned that faith and trust are necessary in a strong relationship. He shares with us regularly his desire to help others the way he has been helped.
Danny’s self-confidence is also reflected in his school work. He finished the last school year off with a bang, and for the first time Danny was pumped and ready to start this school year off stronger than ever. He is full of ambition and talks a lot about his future and his dreams. He is very loving and an absolute pleasure to be with. We are incredibly blessed and proud of all that he has become. From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank Promise Village, Dr. Tim and the incredible staff for taking what seemed to us like a lifetime of misery and discontent and making it into a fulfilling dream.”
Doug and Laurie
“I Thank God That His Life Was Not Wasted”
“Our firstborn son was raised in a caring family environment. As a child he was healthy, easygoing, intelligent, and funny. Then adolescence came. After a couple of years of steady decline, our 17 year old was sick beyond the normal teen turmoil. He had given up sports, studying, God, youth group, while choosing a self-destructive path. We watched his life being drained away, as our interventions failed. I pleaded to God to heal our son, in desperation pointing out that his life was in danger, and I was helpless.
It was time to prayerfully face reality and find professional help, so the frantic search started. There were surprisingly few places and resources available, and the ones I checked were fundamentally inadequate and/or unaffordable. Our church youth pastor recommended PVHC. Victor agreed to give the program a try, a divine sign of a residual instinct of self-preservation. His intake interview took place on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We had a deeply meaningful time with Dr. Denise and Dr. Tim until early evening, and my fading hope was revived…finally a safe harbor where my son could be healed. I waited anxiously to learn if he was accepted into the program and I had the first full night of sleep in a long time.
The causes leading into our crisis were many, with roots extending into the physical, spiritual, emotional and social realms. At PVHC, Vic’s compassionate therapist, Dr. Denise, Dr. Tim, and the life coaches, addressed all these aspects. Vic also got attached to his assigned horse Bob, loved to go in exciting field trips with Dr. Tim, and became a much better basketball player, a passion he carries on to this day. There were rough times on the course of the 7 months program, but the staff was compassionate, committed, competent, and relied on God to guide us through. PVHC’s emphasis on integrating the family into the program was key, as the crisis had brought considerable strain into the relationships. During weekly family therapy sessions we learned much about each other, identified changes to be made, and together devised action plans. Vic graduated from High School and PVHC at the same time. His father and I were prouder of the latter.
Victor acknowledges that PVHC saved his life, and stays in touch with Dr. Tim, who became a role model for him. Today my son has a healthy lifestyle and lives with his younger brother and me. Our relationship has never been better. He is planning on going to graduate school, after finishing English and Psychology studies at Oakland University. I thank God daily that his life was not wasted, and pray that every parent in my situation has access to a Promise Village.”
“If you need healing for your child and family, you really should prayerfully consider Promise Village.”
“The program is designed to help your child become whole by providing an excellent clinical approach. It addresses the physical, emotional, psychological, relational and spiritual needs of your child and each family member. True healing cannot be accomplished without the involvement of God, the one true healer. Dr. Tim Coldiron and his staff understand this and practice it every day.
We watched our son go from a young man that only wanted to say whatever he needed to get what he wanted in the world, to a person that could genuinely care for others. Prior to his time at Promise Village, he made few friends and did not pursue spending any time with them. After completing the program, he can now make friends and cares to be with them. He still considers the young men that he met as students and the Life Coaches at PV as life-long friends.
The other blessing that our family received from Promise Village that we did not see in other secular counseling situations was the openness of the counselors and the feedback we received regarding where our son was in the healing process. The year of aftercare counseling that our entire family received once our son came home really helped us regain ties that we had all but given up on.
We thank God for the experience, insight, life changes and spiritual direction that we received from our time invested with Promise Village.”
Mark and Marie Schulte
“He is now an Honor Roll student”
“Promise Village has helped Dewayne and me in so many ways. Dewayne’s anger had been a big factor in our situation. Promise Village has given him the tools to control his out bursts. He now has a great attitude. He was very impatient and now he has learned how to wait on help. He has also learned to communicate better and ask for assistance. The Promise Village environment has helped him to become sociable, along with tending to and caring for the animals.
When Dewayne was in the public school district he could not keep up with his school work. Having a smaller class room setting and extra help from his teachers has greatly improved Dewayne’s study skills. He is now an honor roll student.
I am very grateful to Promise Village and Dr. Tim for being there to save our family during our trials and tribulations.”
“Chris still mentions staff by name, because they became much more than staff, they became friends.”
“Promise Village lives up to its name! Promise is what every parent is looking for when they hit the rough waters of the teen years. A “promise” that there is hope for the future. A “village” provides the healthy community that offers a balanced approach to life. We found ourselves looking for both of those words when we needed help with our son, Chris. The words we seemed trapped in were “hopeless” and “isolated.” So you can imagine how welcoming the sound of Promise Village was to us. Not only did we find a healthy, hopeful community for our son, we found a “village” for ourselves as well. We found Dr. Tim, counselors, life coaches, and staff who created a safe community for us, as parents. They quickly had Chris sitting at the “family” table. It did not take him long to feel accepted. We just didn’t know we would feel accepted, too, from 4 states away.
Promise Village really stands out from other programs. The ratio of adult to student is great. That means the student has constant interaction with well qualified and trained staff. Chris still mentions staff by name, because they became much more than staff, they became friends. Being surrounded by friends makes the journey easier.
Even though no parent wants a child to have to leave home, sometimes it is the best option. Promise Village was truly a home away from home and that’s exactly what our family needed. God provided for our needs through Promise Village. We have already recommended it to some friends who are now enrolled. Any time we have the opportunity to promote Promise Village, we will. We believe in Dr. Tim’s heartfelt commitment and over 30 years of service to this cause. And we believe in the heart of Promise Village, that one boy at a time, and one day at a time can make a difference in our world. What the world needs is strong men, husbands, and dads to lead well, and Promise Village is sending them out, one at a time!”
Jeff and Carol Nelson, San Antonio, TX
“I thank God for Promise Village”
“About a year ago I was afraid of losing my son. He was almost 15 and experimenting with drugs, smoking, failing in school, shoplifting and stealing from me. He had been arrested twice and banned from 3 stores in our small town. He had no respect for himself or me. I never knew where he was, what he was doing or when he would be home, despite having rules and curfews. We tried changing schools and counseling, but nothing helped. I knew there was a good person hiding inside of him, but didn’t know how to reach him.
Then I heard about Promise Village and knew this was the place for him. Asking for their help was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I felt like I was abandoning him. Thank God I made that call. I sent them a very troubled child headed for jail or worse. Thanks to all the wonderful people at Promise Village he is becoming a wonderful and caring young man. Drugs, smoking and stealing are out of his life. They have been replaced with a deep love of God; he now respects himself and others. He has learned that God cares about him and what he does. He is doing great in school and is passing all of his classes. When he returns home he wants to continue going to a Christian school.
As hard as it was to make that first call and ask for help, it was the best thing I could have done for both of us. Thanks to Promise Village we are becoming a family again and are both looking forward to the time when he can return home.”
“Brandon and I have learned through our family therapy how to communicate with each other which has made our relationship better and brought us closer than ever before.”
“My son Brandon and I were introduced to Promise Village in October of 2008.
Before we went there I was unsure what my next step was going to be because I thought we had exhausted any and all possibilities. Brandon was having anger issues and was unable to deal with them. Communication was also a problem.
While at Promise Village I can proudly say I saw great progress in my son. He showed great improvement in his behavior, his emotional stability and maturity as well as his schooling. Because of this program and the different types of therapies offered, he learned to deal with his anger issues, as well.
Brandon and I have learned through our family therapy how to communicate with each other which has made our relationship better and brought us closer than ever before.
Thanks and God Bless.
Forever Grateful Mother
“My son’s experience at Promise Village has been literally life changing!”
“When he left me to go there and get help, he was an extremely angry young man that was not much fun to be around. Now, during our visits we have a great time! We laugh, crack jokes, and just hang out, without all of the arguments. The programs at Promise Village have helped Jared immensely. He has had opportunities that I wasn’t able to provide for him. He is now very active with church and learning more about God, he rides his horse, Adora, and he goes on outings with what he calls his “brothers”. The counseling sessions that are provided are not only helpful to Jared but they are very helpful to me and his sister also. The staff at Promise Village has given me and my family the opportunity to be close, to be happy…. I thank God each day that I found Promise Village and that they were able to help my family!!!”
A grateful parent ~ Kellie
“I believe our family has experienced the ultimate outcome from our son’s journey at Promise Village”
“We are eternally grateful that he has a bond with Promise Village and desire to continue his life in a similar manner. I believe our family has experienced the ultimate outcome from our son’s journey at Promise Village and our wildest dreams have been exceeded. I wish this for every family that walks through your front doors.”
L. A. ~ Parent
“We praise God daily for providing Promise Village to us, at just the right time.”
“We fully acknowledge that we would not be at this point with V, without your intervention. We praise God daily for providing Promise Village to us, at just the right time. I’m sure that complete devastation that would have taken place in our family if a few more months had gone by. Thanks to you, your program and your wonderful staff we are in a much better place now with V., and our other kids. We are so grateful for all that has been done for V. You truly saved our family.”
Parent – Rachel
“Amazing Therapeutic Work”
“Mary and I want to express our most thoughtful appreciation to the family, staff and supporters of Promise Village for the amazing therapeutic work that was conducted on our son Sean these past months. Promise Village was the right answer at a ‘most pivotal point’ in Sean’s life as he departed from Wilderness Camp and transitioned his personal journey of sobriety and reconstruction back into mainstream. Promise Village offered an extensive program of emotional compassion, adult supervision, Christian acceptance and therapeutic assistance and delivered in every instance and aspect.
Prior to Promise Village, Sean was cascaded from a number of local behavioral programs to ultimately being suspended from a remote military school where he developed an illegal drug and prescription drug addiction. In addition to his drug compulsions, Sean had multiple behavioral issues to include anger, disrespect, non-compliance, belligerence, verbal abuse and dishonesty. Years of Sean’s distorted perceptions, cultural influences and bad choices left our family in dysfunction and unable to operate cohesively when he was present. Sean refused to integrate into the family structure or be held accountable for his poor judgment or actions.
Hope and options were running low. With the help of Promise Village, Sean arrived at your institution and was able to capitalize on the professional and caring 24/7 approach offered by the staff. Without hesitation, Promise Village also dove into the issues at core and gave Sean a platform to continue his path to self-improvement and sobriety.
Sean’s performance and results were seen almost immediately after acceptance to the Promise Village program. Although there was a small period of depression and withdrawal for Sean, the staff at Promise Village were able to quickly identify and analysis the situation and able to maneuver efficiently to assist Sean with the proper emotional toolset. Promise Village’s reassurances that things would be ok if the hard work continued helped stabilize Sean’s emotions and set him on the path to success. In the months that Sean was associated with Promise Village, his academics, respect-level and self-responsibility rose dramatically which fostered confidence and self-pride. As a result of the hard work and personal accomplishments at Promise Village, Sean was allowed to return home and resume his life as a young adult. At present, Sean is doing great and preparing for the next level of academic and athletic challenges that lay ahead. We are confident that Promise Village has made an indelible impact on him and the lessons-learned will carry with him for a lifetime.
To conclude, again we want to extend our thanks and sincerest gratitude to this establishment for the incredible work and sacrifice you make each and every day. Sean has high praise for the staff and complete respect and admiration for Daniel as his counselor and mentor. Your mission at Promise Village remains close to our hearts and we will forever be indebted to you for your role in the recovery of our son Sean.
We wish you continued success in your program of encouraging and mentoring young men to lead a life of personal integrity through their journey of self-discovery of who they are called to be.”
– Patrick and Mary