The Gillett Family Adoption Story
Spoken of a Family Specialist at Eagle Village - "Her insight into my daughters feelings is amazing and she has built a trust with Mariah that has helped break the barrier and walls she put up. Also, the staff not only support Mariah but me as well. Because they have given both me and Mariah the respect and "nudge" we needed, I now have a life-long relationship with my daughter and I have learned to really communicate in a positive and thoughtful way because of Eagle Village."
From a mom of a teen at Eagle Village - "Eagle Village understands Angela. She is not just "another case". I feel the people truly love her and care what happens to her. I do know that [her counselor] cares deeply for Angela and all the kids on his case load. I believe he goes way beyond the requirements of his job. What a ministry you all have for providing a place of refuge and healing of relationships."
I'm ecstatic about what you've been doing for my son. After the first week I have to say I'm very impressed. Jeff has a very good attitude and seems to be taking the program seriously. I have my fingers crossed. I don't know if you are aware but your name has an excellent A-1 reputation everywhere around here (Midland). I'm so fortunate to have found your program and I can't say enough good things about you. Thanks from the bottom of my heart."
Family L.E.G.A.C.E. Weekend Comments
"Every time I come here I learn more and leave with new ideas and strategies...it makes my heart feel lighter. Everyone here is great and helpful." This mom later commented, "[We have] a new life with new tools and another chance at having a healthy, normal family."
"It was helpful to hear other parents' ways of setting boundries and their experiences of what works and what doesn't. The support and understanding of other families going through the same journey is wonderful."
I was there in 89-90. I remember the assessment center and Starr house. I know they taught me a lot. I would have ended up in prison if it weren't for Eagle Village and my staff. I managed to not even go to jail. I owe a lot to all the people there.
To the kids I say, “If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you like to win but think you can't, you won’t. Life’s battles don't always go to the stronger or faster person but sooner or later the person who wins is the person who THINKS HE CAN. You kids who think you’re lost should know if I can do it so can you. I was there for what seemed like a lifetime but was a year and a half. I wouldn't change it for the world."
I always have a special place in my heart for Eagle Village and pray that kids who struggle know that life does get better and that this place is just a stepping stone to the right path in life with help from good people and God, because all things are possible.”
Mariah speaks of her relationship with her mother - "I'm proud of myself. If it wasn't for Eagle Village, I wouldn't be who I am now and I wouldn't have the relationship I have with my mom. In less than a year my mom and I have gone from not being able to stay in a room with each other for over 2 minutes to having a great relationship with good communication and better trust... We were forced to look at ourselves and our relationship and it was hard but it definitely pays off because my mom is like my best friend. I love her so much and I'm beyond thankful that Eagle Village helped us mend our relationship."
"I appreciate my parents and my home more."
John Hambrick, resident in 1986, spoke recently at a Midland Luncheon for Eagle Village and shared, "I was looking at a prison sentence. That's where I would have ended up if I hadn't come here. Eagle Village is in the business of changing lives. I know that for a fact because I'm one of those whose life was changed."
Carol Rosinski, a probation officer from Cheboygan County has sent several teenage girls through the programs at Eagle Village. When she called this week to refer another, she expressed how much she appreciates what we do at Eagle Village and commented that she would even send her own children here if they needed help. Thank you Carol for letting Eagle Village help the youth in Cheboygan County!
"I really appreciate all of the work that Eagle Village does for at-risk youth. You currently have a student there whom I had worked extensively with this past fall. I know she is where she needs to be!
Thank you for all of the work you do for the teens who are under your care!"
-Lisa Piccard, Counselor at Kenowa Hills High School
"I'm newer to Eagle Village, as this is my first foster child placed in this program...I love that this program is supportive of including the family too. It's not often that you find a program that starts talking about family counseling so early."