We’ve all experienced our share of struggles recently.
Fear of the unknown, social isolation, and disruptions in schedules impacted us all. Children not being able to socialize with friends or have the structure of school – in addition to the added stress of families having to educate their children at home – led to increased anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
Throughout the pandemic, our kids and families have relied on our programs and trusted staff for the hope and support they needed to keep going.
The youth and families we serve need us more now than ever before. By donating to Pressley Ridge, you can help ensure that children and families in your community can get the mental health care and supportive services they so desperately need.
Carolyn, a mother of five biological children and a foster parent with Pressley Ridge for more than 20 years, opened her home and her heart to 13-year-old Destiny during the height of the pandemic. Even with Carolyn’s vast experience as a foster parent, she struggled to gain Destiny’s trust.
Destiny was understandably distressed after being removed from her home while trying to adjust to virtual learning and not being able to spend time with her friends and family. She responded to Carolyn with verbal and physical aggression. Eventually, with the help of Pressley Ridge’s treatment team, Carolyn helped Destiny see that she truly wanted the best for her. She was then able to help with her schoolwork and teach her coping and social skills. Destiny, who has since been reunited with her mother and siblings, now uses those skills with her teachers and peers to be more successful in school.