Embrace the Change.

Embrace the Change.

Change. Some welcome it with open arms, while others aren’t a fan. Our short summer season is about to end and fall is coming our way. For most of us, a new school year create changes and a fresh schedule. Here are some quick tips on ways to embrace the change. Get...
WHAT IS TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE?

WHAT IS TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE?

What is Trauma-Informed Care? Eagle Village has provided treatment to help victims of abuse and neglect, and teens in need of intervention for 50 years.  We provide what is known as “Trauma-Informed Care,” a term that describes the main group of individuals that we...
Unique Ways to Express Thankfulness This Year

Unique Ways to Express Thankfulness This Year

Finding ways to express gratefulness is something we regularly encourage for our kids here at Eagle Village. There are actual scientific benefits of gratitude, including improved psychological health, enhancing empathy and reducing aggression, better sleep, and...
Seasons of Grace

Seasons of Grace

The back-to-school season is frenzied enough as is. Add a pandemic to the mix, and it can really complicate the decisions that go into sending your child back to school. The K-12 school system offers a lot to children. First, of course, is education. Beyond that,...
Caring for Our Kids’ Every Need

Caring for Our Kids’ Every Need

Over the course of the last 50 years we have been blessed with awesome donors and supporters that have helped us to help kids.  Recently our donors made it possible for us to complete some renovations to our residential homes and even replace the furniture.  It might...
Training to Teach the Thinkers of Tomorrow

Training to Teach the Thinkers of Tomorrow

For the second year in a row The Dow Chemical Foundation made it possible for two of the teachers from Eagle Village Lighthouse Academy to attend an educational immersion experience at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. This experience has already made a difference...
Mentors- Making a Difference

Mentors- Making a Difference

One thing we have learned over the last 50 years is this- one person can make a difference. When a struggling kid has one person that comes alongside to show them they matter and have value lives get changed. Learn more in the video below.   Are you interested in...
Foster Care “is hard, and that’s ok.”

Foster Care “is hard, and that’s ok.”

“I could never do foster care. It would be too hard.” That’s what some people say. In some ways they are right- it IS hard, but it’s also wonderful and life changing. The Woods’ family has fostered and offered respite for foster families...
How a Spiritual Rock Helps Our Kids

How a Spiritual Rock Helps Our Kids

Who is the rock in your life? Perhaps the first person that comes to mind is a parent or a grandparent, maybe even an older sibling. It’s the person you call when you’ve had a bad day. It’s the person you share your dreams with. It’s the person who is an unwavering...
This Is What I Was Meant To Do With My Life

This Is What I Was Meant To Do With My Life

After graduating high school, Amy Waldo wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life quite yet. So, she searched for a gap-year program or an internship program to keep her busy while she decided. She ended up at Eagle Village, where she found her...

Using Art in the Healing Process

Art… it actually plays an important role with the kids that we serve. It helps them feel accomplished, it helps them express what is going on inside their heads, and it helps them see how they can make something beautiful out of their lives no matter where they...
Finding Their Own Purpose

Finding Their Own Purpose

When kids come to Eagle Village with low self-esteem and difficult pasts it can be hard for them to see themselves as valuable. But we believe they are. These kids have value, skills, purpose, and promise and it is our delight to help them realize it too. Sometimes it...
Change Your Mindset One Mountain at a Time

Change Your Mindset One Mountain at a Time

For 50 years we have been teaching kids and families that they are capable of more than they ever dreamed, stronger than they ever believed, and more loved than they ever knew. It’s a Mindset Shift Whether its with teams on the field, on camping trips for our...
Foster Care “is hard, and that’s ok.”

Why We Love the Work We Do (Even Though It’s Hard)

  We’ve all heard the old adage: love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.  Maybe that is true at some jobs… but not here. We work HARD at Eagle Village.  We work hard every day, 24/7, and there is no end of work to do in sight. And we still love...
Home Away From Home at Eagle Village

Home Away From Home at Eagle Village

For kids away from home and in residential treatment, it can be hard to transition to life at a residential facility.  Regardless if they’ve been removed from home due to abuse/neglect, their own behavior issues, or trouble with the law, these kids miss home.  They...
Helping Troubled Kids: Family Involvement Matters

Helping Troubled Kids: Family Involvement Matters

  Helping Troubled Kids When Eagle Village Founders, Kermit and Jean Hainley, first decided to help troubled kids they knew they had to do some things differently. Kermit had spent time working in a juvenile hall detention center in California and watched first...
Child Abuse Prevention Miniseries

Child Abuse Prevention Miniseries

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  It isn’t a topic people normally want to think about, but the truth is child abuse happens.  In fact, Michigan has been ranked as one of the top 10 worst states in the country for child abuse and neglect rates. Take the...
Camp – A Change in Atmosphere by Amy Waldo

Camp – A Change in Atmosphere by Amy Waldo

What makes the Specialized Summer Camps at Eagle Village different from other camps? When a young woman who grew at various summer camps joined the Eagle Village Summer Staff, she got to see for herself.  Read about her experience and what she believes make Eagle...
Peace for a Family

Peace for a Family

One family whose adopted son has participated in youth challenge weekends is experiencing first-hand what it is like to have a “normal” home-life after their son Paul attended. Because of the unique adoption circumstances, they have had many challenges along the way...
Reflecting on One of the Better Days

Reflecting on One of the Better Days

Sometimes, the kids we work with have rough days. Sometimes, our staff have rough days. It’s just part of what a healing center like ours is like. When you help a teenager begin to open up about themselves, what they are feeling, and often what has happened to them in...