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:
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.
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.
- Students attend an on-site schooling chartered through Lighthouse Academy, or children have the opportunity to attend a community school.
- 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.