Recently Cornerstone Programs announced plans for a program for the abandoned TYC facility. It is anticipated that a therapeutic intervention program for adjudicated youth will hire various staff, giving a small breath of relief for unemployment in the area. Providing jobs for the area is good news, but this program is about more than jobs.
This program gives hope that the therapeutic interventions for inappropriate boundaries and behavior will break the cycle of violence for some of the participating youth. In addition, it gives hope that issues surrounding chemical abuse and dependency will decrease future problems for individuals and their families.
Further, it raises hope that victims of sexual and physical abuse will get the education and support they need to help them cope better in their recovery.
With this program in our community, it increases hope that a well-trained staff, providing a safe and caring setting, through teaching, coaching, mentoring, modeling and setting limits, will provide corrective relationships that teach positive skills to the next generation of parents.
Providing jobs for the area is good news, but this program is about more than jobs, it provides hope.
Joe Garms, PhD