The care of lost and broken young people is a critical service to society. It’s a mission that can seem overwhelming at times. But every day we see the light return to worried eyes and a smile of hope on a troubled face. Or we receive a letter like the ones below. And we know we make a profound and lasting difference in the lives of at-risk and victimized youth - one young person at a time.
We call them our clients, or our patients. But while they’re with us, they’re our family. We talk with them and we listen to them. We look for signs that our efforts are helping, and signals that we need to do more.
We ask them to write down the ways our programs are helping them. Here are some quotes from our kids, from Youth Opportunity campuses across the country. Their success is our reward. To us, there is none greater.
The jobs are difficult, but the rewards are inspiring. We are exceedingly proud of our employees and associates. They are beyond dedicated. They are invested, heart and soul, in caring for these vulnerable young people. The gravity of their mission cannot be overstated: they save lives. Their thoughts articulate our philosophies; their efforts drive our success.
“Our daughter is currently a resident of the center and is about to be released in 2 weeks. When we had her assessed at The Menninger Clinic we asked that they recommend where to put her after her assessment and they gave us TCSI. We asked where we should place her AFTER The Center. Having never been through this kind of stress and heartache, we had no clue and were at their mercy.”
“When they said she might “look” completely different after only 3 months I thought they were 100% insane. There was just no way. She was so broken. I’m happy and SO grateful I was wrong. The difference in our daughter has us in awe. We know she is not “fixed” by any means but we now have HOPE.”
“The Center for Success and Independence has truly been a LIFE SAVER, not only for our daughter but for our family’s sanity as well.”
“We are so SO grateful to have been led to such a remarkable resource.”
“I am XXXX’s mom, XXX. She is scheduled to be released this Wednesday and we are THRILLED to have her home!!!!! We are amazed at the transformation she has made in just 3 months and I cannot accurately express the depth of our gratitude for the level of professionalism and care your entire staff has shown. We are beyond grateful and consider ourselves extremely blessed that our path led to TCSI!!!!!!”
“I am currently working on a website with the ultimate goal of creating a scholarship fund to assist families access quality mental health services. I would love to sit down and talk with you to give you a better understanding of my project and get your feedback.”
“Thank you again, I look forward to our meeting!!!!”
“I was there when the young people were going to lunch today. They all looked happy and healthy and their clothes were clean. They were smiling and joking with the staff, who seemed like teachers and mentors, not guards. It felt like a school, not a detention facility. When you realize that most of the kids are here for serious offenses, it’s even more remarkable. All kids can be successful if they have help and support. YOI is amazing!”