About Us And Our Program

008Set among the small, quaint town of Granada Minnesota, Second Chances is a House-Parent model facility. Aiming for both long-term and short-term impact, Second chances believes that there is no such thing as a set method for reaching the mind of youth. While other programs believe that consistency and rigid adherence to a schedule helps foster growth and clears the mind; Second Chances believes that flexibility and continual adjustments are key to helping a youth find their own way.

Second Chances adheres to the thought that raising self esteem and self image are extremely important. They aim to achieve this in a multitude of ways- including supporting them through both, financial, emotional; and intellectual means. They attempt to guide youth, but know that in the end, the decision is ultimately theirs to make.

They offer the ability to enter the community in a multitude of ways. Outings to the Fairmont city pool, opportunities to relax with friends off site, trips to the movie theater, and camping, are commonplace.

 

BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Utilizing the house parent model, Second Chances is staffed by a husband/wife team.  Brenda a Licensed Social Worker will act as the Program Director, Gene acting as the Direct Care Supervisor, and one part time employee as necessary. While living at the group home they orchestrate the day to day activities for up to six boys.

Upon admission, an individualized case plan is developed that outlines specific goals and a direct plan of action for goal attainment. This plan is based on input from Probation Officers, Social Workers, family resident and screenings administered upon admission relating to: Health, Education, Vulnerability, Sexual Abuse Behavior, Mental Health, Chemical Abuse, Cultural, Gender Specific and family/representative behavior assessment.

Second Chances be incorporates Thinking for a Change which is a cognitive-behavioral curriculum that concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders by cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and the development of problem-solving skills.

DESIRED OUTCOME

The main goal of each resident is to gain enough confidence and skills for a smooth transition back into society, and a successful reunification with family.

SERVICES PROVIDED
By placing boys in social settings allows them to learn how to interact appropriately. Therefore, we utilize public resources for our services.
• Mayo Clinic-Fairmont for medical
• Euonia Family Resource Center for psychological, and psychiatric needs
• ART: Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
• GHEC/Alternative School (located in Winnebago)- educational

ACTIVITIES PROGRAM
*yard games              *bike riding                *disc golf
*Wii games                *basketball                 *camping
*swimming                *fishing                       *tubing
*car races                    *fairs                            *hiking
*bowling                     *Foosball                      *exercising
*football                     *community organized activities

SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAM OPTION

“Dogs are not our whole life but they make our life whole”

Roger Caras

Studies have shown that involving dogs with boys in a correctional setting teaches; patience, understanding, unconditional love, compassion, kindness and enhances job skills.  Our program allows boys to work with dogs from our local shelters.

Boys who are progressing toward their case plan goals are encouraged to participate if time within their schedule allows.  Second Chances will foster dogs that are less likely to be adopted, in an attempt to reduce the number of dogs that are euthanized.

SECOND CHANCES PHILOSOPHY OF ANIMAL CARE
Each dog:

• Has a unique personality       • Will be treated as part of our family
• Will have opportunity for stimulation through a variety of activities
• Will be given daily exercise       • Will receive daily training
• Will be treated with respect
Most important of all, each dog will have
FUN on a daily basis and will be LOVED!

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