Programs

The Promise of the Programs

Since 1960, Mountain States Children’s Home has been committed to helping move children from pain to promise. Pain can come in so many forms.  The pain of uncertainty, abusive words, physical trauma, or a past of poor choices.  The chance for a promising life can be accomplished through successful programs that bring consistency and balance to a child’s life.  The experiences that can form a child between 10 years old to eighteen are critical.  These years can mold a child into proper choices that can change their life in behavior and attitude.  The balance that Mountain States Children's Home offers is through Counseling, Education, a Family Model, a Godly Foundation, and New Experiences that together give a child peace and a feeling of well being.
 

 Counseling

 Children are placed with a range of problems based on personal decisions to traumatic situations of abuse. Each child addresses issues with guidance counselors and house parent staff by establishing individual goals. These goals speak of the methods to deal with anger, relief of bitterness, overcoming potential addiction, understanding love, moving from the past- to the present-for the future and finding areas of potential for further growth.

Building self-esteem is a primary goal to overcoming peer pressure and other past behaviors that lead to poor decisions. Counselors conduct group sessions to discuss the importance of working together and for each other with house parents and children.

Education

The Campus School is a product of wanting to do the best for the children. It was discovered that the education component in the list of programs was very important to the shaping of the children. Self-worth is lacking when a child is not achieving their potential in the classroom. This affects other areas of their life and became a critical part of the Mountain States Children’s Home program in 1998. This program is a one-on-one opportunity for staff to find the strengths and weaknesses of the child. The school works with the students in organization, study skills, accountability and respect. It is a structured program that begins with a test to find out where they are academically. This allows for success as they are measured for behavior and academic accomplishment daily. The average progress that a child makes in a year is 3.7 years of cognitive learning.
Balance Circle

Family Model

The family model of care that is provided establishes a system that includes a father and mother that guide, nurture, and care on a daily basis for the children. Each family member is a support to each other through chores, meals, activities (athletic, choir, church, hiking - just to name a few). The Behavioral Level System gives both house parents and children the understanding of the needs of the child.

Spiritual

The Spiritual foundation is so important for our children to learn and understand. The Mountain States Children’s Home programs are developed around Biblical principles from God. God’s principles provide ethics, morality, respect, righteousness, peace, responsibility, love, hope, and a trusting faith that will give strength to life.  To embrace these values will bring success in life in many ways as better relationships are developed.

New Experience

Mountain States Children's Home searches for opportunities to develop new interests in our children from the sometimes untapped abilities and talents that they have been given.  Tapping into their potential gives them a chance to grow in ways that they have never imagined.

Cross Fit is one area that we use as a part of our physical education program.  The Cross Fit approach allows our children to physically work to improve on presented goals that help children understand the advantages of fitness. Whether it be working to surpass a previous physical exercise or finding the nutritional value in certain foods that we eat, the Cross Fit program has given children a chance to expand their physical abilities.

Various other "potential finding" opportunities come from getting to know the children through our education and model home programs.  We find the areas that they show interest in and we try to develop those areas.  Mathematics, writing, music, gardening, painting, drawing, and engineering are just a few of so many dreams that children bring with them.  We want to help them grow in these opportunities because they are all a chance toward a positive future.