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First to Attend College

Rachel came to Nexus-Indian Oaks Family Healing for residential treatment to address the significant trauma she’d experienced in her young life. After a few months, we discovered that Rachel needed a pair of eyeglasses as well as clothing and a backpack to bring her belongings to and from our onsite school.
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Scared of the Dark

Youth come to Nexus–Onarga Family Healing with very little to their names and histories rich with trauma. Our direct care staff patiently address the unique traumas each of our youth face and help them heal. Michele Schroeder, Clinical Supervisor, recalls one child, whose unique situation sparked a promise to every future child who would walk through our doors.

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A Place to Call Home

Before arriving at Nexus-Gerard Family Healing, several foster homes tried to help Sally but they were not equipped with the right tools and resources to keep her safe. She needed more.
Chris Wilson giving a lecture outside to Nexus-Woodbourne youth

Inspiring Youth with Purpose

The inspiring book of one man led to an extraordinary day of hope and resilience. At the Nexus Family Healing Building Connections virtual event in July 2020, Dr. Aeva Doomes, Medical Director for Nexus-Woodbourne Family Healing, shared a story about how donors can help support meaningful events and connections on campus.

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Turning Passion into A Career

Lydia, a young woman suffering from extensive trauma, was receiving intensive therapy at Nexus-Woodbourne. During her stay, she expressed a passion for cooking. Staff recognized that passion and used it to build her confidence and her independence. They helped her obtain her food safety licensure and training. They taught her to manage the food expense budget for the program.

Anna and Master Kinkle at the adoption ceremony with their three kids

Love Knows No Bounds

Nexus-Kindred foster parents Master and Anna Hinkle have been in wheelchairs for most of their lives: Master since he was 3, and Anna since she was 16. Both were the result of vehicle accidents.

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All Are Welcome

As you drive into the Nexus-Gerard Family Healing campus, there are six flagpoles that line the lawn. Until recently, only one of these flagpoles was being used. Cameron*, a new transgender youth admitted to Nexus-Gerard, had an idea­ — what if two of these empty flagpoles had a pride flag and a transgender flag to welcome LBGTQ+ youth and visitors?
young Black girl smiling

Finding Independence

Brittany, a young Black woman suffering from extensive sexual trauma and abuse, was receiving intensive therapeutic intervention services at Nexus-Woodbourne. During Brittany’s stay, she expressed an interest in becoming a social worker. Staff recognized her passion for wanting to help others and used it to build her self-confidence. 

Amanda Kreuter, her husband Dan and their three girls

Fostering a Place to Call Home

Amanda Kreuter was in her early 20s when she started thinking about becoming a foster parent, so when she and her husband Dan struggled with infertility, they decided to explore their Minnesota foster care and adoption resource, the MNAdopt.org website.

Foster Family

Providing A Place to Grow

Paul and Cara are Nexus-PATH foster parents. They provided informal care to two children prior to becoming foster care licensed in 2013.