Testimonials

Youth Home is changing lives and saving families in Arkansas. The success of our programs is best described by those who have been touched by Youth Home's services firsthand:

Michelle Blaney

MY STORY: Michelle Blaney

Coming Home: A Young Woman's Story of Rebuilding Her Life at Youth Home

Michelle is extremely mature for 21. The soft-spoken, cheerful blonde works part time and is going to school full time at UALR, majoring in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. She’s in a healthy relationship and is engaged to be married. They are both looking forward to starting a family.

Seven years ago, the picture was starkly different. “When I was a young child, there were lots of pretty horrible things that happened to me,” Michelle explains. Her probation officer worked with the judge and Michelle came to Youth Home’s residential program. Michelle participated in individual and group therapy while at Youth Home. She worked one-on-one with the staff members in the houses and with her own individual therapist.


Read her story
French Family

OUR STORY: The French Family

An ex-con finds 'magic' for himself, his troubled teens, at Youth Home

When Travis French was in prison, he thought about his kids, the troubles he heard they were having, and resolved to get them and care for them when he got out.

French was crying, and apologizing for it, though he did not need to. His tears were of joy. He's out of prison, he's clean, he has his kids. His daughter is about to graduate from Youth Home's school for outpatients. His life "is the best it's ever been," he said, and he credits Youth Home's help for that.

 

Past Patient and Parent Statements

"Your staff helped me realize the problems that I have and that you will do almost anything to try and help me get better."

Youth Home Patient

"Youth Home was our last hope…We want to express our sincere appreciation for the outstanding service you are providing for the community and especially for the marvelous service Youth Home provided for our family."

Youth Home Parent

"Very few organizations can truly say that they are helping build lives...because it is hard work! Sometimes it's not pretty. At the end of the day, Youth Home and those involved with Youth Home can say, 'We made a difference in those we served."

Eric Britt, Former Youth Home Board member

"My daughter is now on track. She is making A's, B's, and C's in public school. She has a goal to become a nurse and plans on attending college. She even looks different; the hardness has softened into happiness. We attend Youth Home's outpatient therapy on a weekly basis, another plus. Youth Home doesn't just turn you out into the real world without support and guidance. You are always checking on us and caring."

Youth Home Parent

"The greatest gift we as staff receive is getting to be a part of many 'firsts' in the lives of the kids we treat. The first game of Monopoly...the first time reading the Sunday comics...the first compliment...the first water balloon fight...the first birthday party...the first game of catch...the first Christmas present...the first bedtime story...the first Super Bowl party...the first snow angel...the first time jumping into a pile of leaves...the first touchdown...the first time eating at a restaurant...the first time going to a movie. This is just a short list of our kids' 'firsts' that grows daily."

Kraig Butler, Chestnut House Unit Manager

"Thank you seems like such an insignificant thing to say for all that Youth Home has done for us. Thank you from the depths of my heart from a very grateful mother who does not have to visit her daughter in jail who does not have to worry where she is at night a mother who does not have to stand amongst acres of flowers, a well manicured lawn and granite tombstones to visit her daughter. I thank God and Youth Home – in that order."

Youth Home Parent

"My daughter is doing very well in school and seems to have a much better outlook on life. She still gets depressed…and is oppositional at times, but she recognizes the signs and uses her coping skills learned at Youth Home to get through. We are spending a lot more quality time together and communicating much better. None of this seemed possible five months ago, before Youth Home. I thought I had lost my daughter, and now I feel like I have her back."

Youth Home Parent

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