The countdown to the big ga
me has begun. The annual Ohio State- Michigan rivalry is fierce. Traditions run deep. Ga me day hype is larger than life. It’s an exciting ti me for players and fans. (If you’re wondering why this post looks a little different, here’s why.) We don’t have a for mal football tea m on our residential ca mpus so you won’t see a young teen run the ball for a 50-yard touchdown. Quarterback sacks will be li mited to video-ga me time earned through positive behavior.
So what do we have? We have all-star players striving to reach their individualized goals. Their daily practices are led by dedicated coaches on our clinical/progra
m staff. Each month, our staff no minate players of the month to recognize a resident’s character develop ment in one of six areas: respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
month we acknowledged trustworthiness. Dictionary.com defines trustworthiness as “deserving of trust or confidence; dependable; reliable.” This category is of special significance as many of our residents arrive on ca mpus with a history of broken trust in relationships. Adults have not honored trust in word or actions. Our coaches work on healing this injured area from day one. It begins by modeling trust through consistent behavior.
The following players (AKA residents) were celebrated for de
monstrating trustworthy conduct: Collin fro m our teen boys cottage, Jess fro m our teen girls cottage, Ryan fro m our young boys cottage, and E mily fro m our young girls cottage.
In response to this special recognition, Emily wrote these words:
I was in kindergarten when I used to steal and lie and I kept doing it until the end of fifth grade. I used to steal every day. I learned to steal and lie from my parents because they lied at court by saying they never hurt me. But when I came to CCHO, that’s when I learned to not steal and lie. Since being at CCHO, I’ve learned that I get in less trouble from telling the truth instead of lying. Now that I’ve learned to the tell the truth, staff trust me. And that’s why I think I’ve earned this reward.
Congratulations to each of these young lives for working hard during their stay at CCHO and achieving their goals.
We also have a host of cheerleaders and fans co
mmitted to the players’ success. Thank you so much for believing in our kids even in the tough seasons of life. Thank you for cheering loudly fro m the stands and by coaching as a volunteer mentor. Thank you for giving generously so that each girl and boy can find personal and co mmunity victory at CCHO and beyond.
me week . . . Go Buckeyes . . . Go Blue! May the best tea m (and our kids) win!
Coach a youth to personal victory! We are always in need of individuals who want to make a difference for children in need of hope, healing and unconditional love. We invite you to take a moment and learn more about all of the volunteer opportunities available with CCHO, Encompass and Encourage.