Simon Cottage serves our younger pre-teen population of boys and girls in our DTAP and Accelerated Residential programs. Residents at Simon attend Individual and Family Therapy on sight weekly. The kids enjoy being active with staff and playing in Simon’s outdoor playgrounds. Staff are attuned to the physical and emotional needs of the children. They work hard to make the children feel safe and comfortable. The kid’s days can include art projects led by staff, “Big Muscle Activities” to meet sensory needs, and hearing a story read by staff before bed time. Simon staff are trained in evidenced based interventions with programming geared toward engaging with our younger population. The Simon team is committed to empowering families for a hopeful future and bringing healing to children they serve.
I feel as though I'm fulfilling God's purpose through working with children and families, and serving as the Simon Cottage Manager. I'm passionate about making a difference in the young lives of those we serve. In my spare time, I love spending time with family and close friends, and enjoy baking cakes and cupcakes.
I've loved helping the children I work with build trust and feel safety in their relationships with adults. I have a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valpraraiso University and a Bachelor's in Psychology from Indiana University. When I'm not working with our kids and families, I enjoy running, learning new recipes for mac & cheese, and playing with my cat.
Appuhn Cottage serves our older teenage girls in our DTAP, Accelerated Residential, and Group home programs. Residents at Appuhn attend Individual and Family therapy on sight weekly. Girls at Appuhn enjoy playing basketball in the backyard, cooking with staff, or having cottage board game night. Staff specialize in working with the girls on relationships, but also practicing life skills for the future. Girls at Appuhn may have jobs in the community, learn to shop and prepare meals, or learn how to use public transportation all with staff’s guidance. Appuhn staff are trained in evidenced based interventions with programming designed to engage older teenage girls. The Appuhn team are committed to helping the children they serve restore the ability to form trusting relationships as well as set them up for a bright future by teaching valuable life skills.
Wesley Cottage serves our teen girls in our DTAP and Accelerated Residential programs. Residents at Wesley attend Individual and Family Therapy on sight weekly. The girls enjoy craft groups led by staff, painting, dancing, and being active around campus. Staff specialize in helping the girls explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. A day at Wesley can include a game of catch with staff, a self-care group, a craft activity focusing on making jewelry. Wesley staff are trained in evidenced based interventions with programming designed toward engaging teenage girls. The Wesley team is committed to providing hope and healing to children who have experienced severe trauma and attachment-related difficulties and their families.
Kittel Cottage serves our older teenage boys in our Group home program. Kittel Cottage is a unique cottage on our campus for our young men. Residents at Kittel attend therapy weekly. At Kittel, they will begin to learn and acquire the skills to live independently. Staff teach the children they serve to meal prep, grocery shop, find and hold down employment, use public transportation, financial literacy, self-care, cook, and plan for the future. Staff create a consistent environment where the boys can feel safe to prepare for the future. A day at Kittel can include a game of basketball, going off-campus to the art gallery, or grocery shopping with staff to work on budgeting. Kittel staff are trained in evidenced based interventions with programming geared toward preparing our children for a successful future. The Kittel team is committed to giving the children they serve all the possible skills they could need for living independently.