We recently remodeled our facilities, refreshing everything from floors to bathrooms and bedding. These comfortable spaces are largely empty during the day as most time is spent in structured activities. Around nine o’clock in the evening, our clients return to take care of personal hygiene before falling asleep a half-hour later to rest up for another busy day ahead.
Roommates are intentionally chosen for growth and support. Everyone plays a part in creating balance in these intimate groups. Kids that have been in the program and are more experienced and centered act as mentors for those newer to the program. New dynamics are created during their stay and relationships are formed as we change the circles of people in each room.
Peer support is an important aspect of our therapeutic environment. Peer support encompasses a range of activities and interactions between people who share similar experiences. This mutuality between peers seeking recovery promotes connection and inspires hope.
Peer mentoring is another strong element of the treatment program at Turning Winds. By sharing rooms and sharing lived experience and practical guidance, mentoring peers helps both mentors and mentored persons develop goals, create strategies for self-empowerment, and take concrete steps toward building fulfilling and self-determined lives.