There are four units of 15 boys and girls per unit, between the ages of 7 and 11. The children of each unit live together as a cohesive group in a beautifully appointed cottage setting, and attend classes together at our on-campus school. Their escorting professional team consists of a unit coordinator, three child-care workers, three special-education teachers, a social worker and psychologist. Often, additional staff aides are recruited from gap year service volunteers.
The Junior Unit is a warm, supporting home to 26 boys and 13 girls between the ages of 11 to 14. Some of them may come to the Children's Home from other facilities where their stay had been terminated due to severe behavioral problems. The Junior Unit's 3-year program provides a compassionate, stable framework in which these pre-adolescents can regain a sense of self-worth.
As part of a close-knit community that lives, studies and plays together, the children develop self-confidence and independence, while learning responsibility, cooperation, and other social skills necessary for reconciliation with their families and integration into the general community. The majority are successfully mainstreamed.
The children's cottages and the Junior Unit facilities are designed to provide both private and communal space, where children can enjoy one-on-one interactions with the staff while developing confidence, trust, and cooperation skills with their peers.
In addition to bedrooms with attached private bathroom and shower, each unit has a computer-equipped club room, a communal play area outfitted with DVD and music sound system, quarters for the on-duty counselor, and a kitchen and dining room where children and staff prepare and eat the evening meal together as one family. Twice a day all children and staff come together in the main dining-hall for breakfast and lunch.
The campus also boasts a large, beautiful dining-hall, a school playground, a soccer field and a basketball court.