In order to help us achieve and fulfill our mission, Possibilities House has implemented programs, procedures, and standards, to support our 5-point development plan. Each child has a Personal Life Plan, established to support their needs in each of the 5 following areas of Development.
Many children come to us undernourished or generally in poor health. Our house parents are guided by our multidisciplinary team which includes a pediatrician, nutritionist, and dentist to ensure the children live healthy lives and form healthy habits. In their homes the children are learning to plan and even help prepare a healthy meal. Our children also enjoy regular exercise and sports programs to help them stay fit and strong.
Children of poverty or trauma situations tend to arrive at the home with educational lags. Our children attend public schools and receive extra support by tutors, house-parents, speech therapists and volunteers to help them close the gaps and promote healthy study habits. They learn life skills such as gardening, cooking, music, and the use of technology. At Possibilities House the children will be encouraged to pursue their vocational interests knowing we will support them through post-secondary education to ensure they reach their maximum potential, and become self-sustaining, positive contributors to their community.
The first step to helping children coming from trauma situations is to be placed in a secure, stable and loving environment. From there it takes time, patience, therapy and a lot of intentional emotional connection. Our onsite psychologist works with each child to help overcome past traumas and establish healthy attachments. Our Social Worker assists the children in maintaining healthy connections with available family members and within the community. All of our staff receive ongoing training in Trauma Competent Care. With this in place, the children are able to overcome whatever experiences, traumas and abuses they have faced in the past and are preparing a healthy future.
Each child needs to understand who they are and where they fit into their families, their community and in society in general. Our children attend public schools to allow for normal healthy friendships and authority figures outside of the home. Visits from local and international groups give them a broader exposure to the world around them. We teach them how to participate in the community, team sports, and church programs and even how to conduct themselves in a restaurant. We want children to feel an interdependence, or ability to give and receive from the world around them.
We believe that a child cannot develop holistically without the hope that faith can bring. With guidance and teaching through example, children are encouraged in their daily spiritual growth. Development in this area is unique for each child and decisions are made of their own free will. We provide the fertile ground for seeds of faith to be planted and eventually blossom when they are ready.