Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Laura Jumonville, Executive Development Director, and Juanda Moore, Executive Program Manager, with My Friend’s House, who highlight the nonprofit group-care facility that serves male youth ages 12-18 who are in state custody. The home is one of a few across the state of Tennessee and the only one of its kind in Williamson County. The house provides temporary residential support that offers a secure, structured, home-like environment with trained staff on hand 24/7. During the interview, Jumonville and Moore discuss the program, impact, how the community can help, and more.
The house provides temporary residential support that offers a secure, structured, home-like environment with trained staff on hand 24/7. As a home, the program provides three nutritious meals a day plus snacks, a comfortable single bed, a hot shower and clean, appropriate clothing. Many of our residents have not had these
simple things provided to them in the past. Residents are also expected to follow a schedule and contribute to daily household chores. This normalcy and routine goes a long way toward helping a youth feel safe and nurtured, which in turn allows them to deal with and overcome their past traumas.
Services at My Friend’s House Include:
- Individualized Treatment Plan
- Individual & Group Counseling Sessions
- Anger Management Sessions or Aggression Replacement Therapy
- Case Management
- Medical and Dental Care
- Public School Education Placement / Liaison Coordination
- Educational Support, Tutoring, Credit Recovery & GED Certificates
- Family & Residential Permanency Counseling
- Adult Daily Living Skills
- Recreation & Leisure Activities