St. John’s Home provides intensive therapy in a warm, home-like setting for boys and girls who have suffered abuse and neglect. We offer two distinct programs for two age groups:
The Children’s Home
Provides therapy for boys and girls from age six to 12 with an emphasis on preparing them for pre-adoptive homes, or to return to rehabilitated families.
Challenges teens to develop a healthy identity and provides attentive preparation for new placements.
Daily activities create strong bonds among children and their counselors. Planting a vegetable garden, celebrating the holidays or keeping a scrapbook are important to each household. Day excursions to concerts, sporting events and cultural festivals, and occasional overnight trips to campgrounds or college campuses are eye-opening “firsts” for most children that help change their perceptions.
Many activities are planned and led by full time Activity Specialist who focus on the performing arts and adventure education. Their expertise ensures that challenging new experiences, such as hiking, camping, or learning to dance are always safe, successful, and fun.
We encourage kids to pursue their own interests. Many take music, karate or gymnastics lessons in the community. Others join scout troops or sports leagues. Each year, many of our younger children go to summer camp. Annual YMCA memberships allow our kids to be active and stay fit throughout the year.
St. John’s Home offers residential treatment in an open program setting in association with D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s, a private, non-profit child welfare agency located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
We treat young people with emotional, behavioral and psychiatric problems, building on kids’ strengths and guiding them toward higher levels of functioning. The goal of treatment is to enable children to maintain stable relationships in a family setting.
St. John’s Home is located on a beautiful 25-acre campus within the City of Grand Rapids. Children live in eight-bedroom residential homes. Each home has a comfortable living area with floor-to-ceiling windows, an open kitchen, dining area, and a large recreation room. Outside, kids use our sidewalks for biking and skating and playing on our basketball court and large ball field.
To take a tour of the St. John's Home campus, click here.
Our students attend the Grand Rapids Public Schools or special programs offered by the Kent Intermediate School District. Three full-time Educational Specialists and four therapists assist students during the school day to help them achieve success in the classroom.
A counseling team assists with homework and encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports, music and club memberships. During the summer, every student attends a ten-week summer school program.
For real stories of real kids who have been impacted by the Children's Home for Residential treatment, click here.