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Stories from Arbor Circle

Toby was born prematurely at 30 weeks, and weighed just 3 lbs., 10 oz. at birth. He spent several weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. At 3 months old, Toby was still underweight, and was dealing with other health and developmental problems, including Down syndrome and an intestinal condition.

Toby lives with his parents and two older...

It was common in “Sophia’s” house for there to be a lot of yelling and screaming.  Her mother’s untreated mental health issues created an unstable home environment and left Sophia feeling unwanted and belittled, creating depression and anxiety.  She was scared.  Eventually it got so bad that she was taken away by CPS and placed into foster care.

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Gerald's Story of Resilience

Gerald was an angry and frustrated 16-year old who was in trouble. He was performing poorly in school and skipping frequently. He was fighting with his parents constantly, ignoring their requests and staying out late. After a fight with his parents, Gerald ran away from home and connected with The Bridge, Arbor Circle’s shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Our staff helped him work...

As a young man, Tyce had to navigate the usual challenges of growing up with added pressures of stress at home, tension among his family, and growing anger and depression about his life. After a long journey of facing such challenges, he felt like he had run out of options.

“I went up in the swamp up north that I hunt in with my dad, around the tree...