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.
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.
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.
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.
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.