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Independent Living Program

Journey Home is an independent living program for teens who have completed a therapeutic program such as a residential treatment center or a wilderness therapy program. The teens who attend Journey Home have successfully completed a therapeutic program and are seeking an environment in which they can be supported through their transition back into a “real world” environment. JHRTCcropped

Many of the teens who attend our program have spent large amounts of time in a structured environment. Because of this, they may have hang ups about going straight home after spending so much time with structure and very little independence. During the initial weeks and/or months of our program, Journey Home provides some of the structure our residents are used to. Gradually, residents are able to edge closer and closer towards independence.

Our independent living program provides teens with:

  • A small, community-based setting: Our small, close knit home environment is based around important principles of community and mentorship. Young people in different stages of the healing and transition process live together. The girls and assigned female at birth learn a lot from each other and can form close friendships.
  • Useful skills for independent living: During their time at our program, residents learn a variety of independent living skills such as managing money, cooking, and time management. Learn more here.
  • Opportunities to further their education: Journey Home residents who are looking to continue their education can do so at Journey Home.  For some students, this means attending a local high school or working remotely on a GED. Residents can also pursue college course curriculum through local college options or online coursework.

For more information about Journey Home, please call 844-597-8550.


Developing Core Principles: Learning to Be Healthy and Happy

The Core Principles are the areas in which residents will focus on and develop goals around during their time at Journey Home. The core principles are important life skills based on specific topics. Throughout a student’s time at Journey Home, they work on skills within the Core Principles. Their completion of Journey Home is based on the completion of goals around these skills.

The Five Core Principles include:

  • Personal Responsibility: At Journey Home, we help girls and assigned female at birth become accountable for keeping commitments, completing tasks, and managing their time wisely. These are important skills for residents to have in order to continue their success out in the “real world’.
  • Healthy Living: Building healthy habits around physical exercise and nutrition. We also encourage residents to reach out to their peers and develop healthy social interactions.
  • Social Integration: Taking part in positive recreational activities and getting involved in the community. This helps encourage healthy socialization. During their time at Journey Home, peers mentor each other in helping develop social skills and supportive atmosphere.
  • Life Skills: Journey Home helps teens develop important life skills such as financial skills (budgeting, financial planning, etc.), cooking, job searching skills, etc.
  • Education: We help teens continue to pursue their education if that is what they wish to do. During Journey Home, residents are encouraged to pursue hobbies and interests.

Resident Profile at Journey Home

Journey Home is an independent living program for teens ages 16-21 who have displayed a commitment to pursuing positive life goals. Residents at Journey Home have graduated from a residential therapeutic program such as wilderness therapy, residential treatment centers, or a therapeutic boarding school. They have demonstrated an ability to have some level of responsibility and freedom. Those seeking help at Journey Home must have a higher level of functioning than individuals currently in treatment, but are not ready to return home just yet.

Journey Home helps teens who have struggled in the past with:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Body image issues
  • Learning differences

For more information about the ways in which Journey Home can help you or your daughter, please call 844-597-8550.

Journey Home helps teens from:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, HawaiiIowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,Michigan, Minnesota, MississippiMissouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New JerseyNew Mexico, New York, North Carolina,North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont,Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Kim Peterson
Admissions Director

Kim has a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science & Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections from Weber State University. She has been employed at Solstice and Journey Home since February 2011 as a Mentor and is now Admissions Director. She has traveled extensively around the world and has enjoyed calling various destinations home. This has given her the ability to empathize with the teens who may be at times homesick for home and family. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and socializing with friends and family.