BY STEPHEN JUDD, PRESIDENT This morning, we had a special graduation ceremony with special recognition being given to two of our teen girls who have been enrolled in our Haven of Hope Girls' Home for the past 12-18 months. Haven of Hope is a part of Tupelo Children's Mansion and is a behavior modification and support program for teenage girls between 13 and 16 years of age. The home is truly a "haven of hope," providing a safe and structured environment where the girls receive direction and guidance from Godly residential mentors and qualified therapists. Nearly 60 young ladies have gone through Haven of Hope since we started this program in October of 2004. For most of them, it was a life-changing experience. Over time, while in the program, most of the residents gained a sense of self worth, developed a relationship with God, and found meaning and purpose for their lives. The program consists of a 3-tier system in which the girls accomplish specified behavioral and therapeutic goals. Tier 1 - Stabilization The first several months of treatment focus on "stabilization." During this time the resident works on compliance, recognizing her need for help, and establishing a sense of self-worth. Tier 2 - Recovery After "stabilization" has been accomplished, the resident moves to the "recovery" tier, where the treatment focuses on developing, controlling, and improving behavior and appropriate emotional response skills. Tier 3 - Restoration "Restoration" is the focus of the last months of treatment. During this time, each girl works on acquiring, internalizing, and maintaining the self-discipline, self-esteem, and dignity that is required to make reunification successful. The girls benefit from very structured environment with a great deal of hands on supervision, and this certainly includes the classroom. A certified instructor oversees the educational program. In most cases, the girls are behind academically when they arrive on our campus; however, we have had tremendous success in helping the girls to move forward with their schooling. This program operates as an extension of TCM Residential Services. Rebecca McCarver serves as the Program Manager for Haven of Hope. For questions about placement or more information about the program, you may contact Rebecca via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662.842.6982. You can make a difference in the life of teen-age girl in our Haven of Hope Girls' Home by becoming a Guardian Angel. For more information on how you can become a Guardian Angel, go to https://mansionkids.org/give/guardian-angel/ , or contact our Sponsor Relations Department at 662-791-7726.