Journey Home East is the perfect transitional living program, fit for young women who are ready to build upon skills learned in therapeutic settings but recognize they still need guidance and support to further develop their success. Journey Home East students attend transitional living program that includes a local high school or college, or they work at a local job. After school or work, Students return to the home setting with other Journey Home East students and staff.
Journey Home East blends a traditional home setting with positive peer and staff relationships in their transitional living program. This means that our students live in a warm, inviting home setting with other young girls who are also coming out of treatment programs. The setting includes the comforts of home including a kitchen with food in the fridge, television, and a friendly neighborhood environment—while still having staff members who mentor, educate, and guide the young women.
Journey Home East is an excellent step-down, transitional program for girls who have graduated an RTC, therapeutic wilderness program, or other therapeutic program that continue to need a supportive environment and culture to support them in their ongoing goals. Journey Home East is not just for Solstice East graduates, but any girl aged 16-21 who has completed a therapeutic program and is committed to ongoing success and progress.
Journey Home East is a community-based step-down program focused on the five core principles of adolescent and young adult development:
Our program seeks to instill these 5 principles by providing an environment that:
Located in a close-knit cul-de-sac neighborhood, there is no better place for a teenager or young adult female who has graduated from an RTC, therapeutic wilderness program or therapeutic boarding school to be reintroduced into community-based living.
Journey Home East is not necessarily a correct fit for every girl in these situations. The profile of a girl who is a good fit and includes the following:
While Journey Home East is a significant “step-down” in structure from a therapeutic program like an RTC, it has no phases or level systems. However, girls do progress to higher levels of privileges and freedom as they demonstrate responsibility, and the ability to manage the freedom they have. Some of the privileges girls will earn as they demonstrate responsible decision making include:
In addition to weekly meetings with their individual therapist, Journey Home clients also meet regularly with their guide. A “guide” is a journey home houseparent that is assigned to an individual client. Each client has a guide that acts as a mentor, and advocate for the client. Their role is to help support the client in keeping focused on their goals and objectives relative to the five core principles identified above. The guide becomes a great asset for each client; another person they can reach out to for support, advice direction, etc, in helping then achieve their goals. These meetings help the clients stay focused on their priorities, rather than allowing distractions to get them off track. They become an invaluable resource in helping the girls progress in their journey and apply the skills they are learning in effective ways.