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Stories from Arbor Circle

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The 24 year old came to the Arbor Circle Valued Community Member program (VCM) after he was arrested for leading the police on a high speed chase. A person in recovery, he had been in jail 3 times in the last 4 years. This time, life's pressures were just too much and he went on a binge. Now, he regrets that he “had given up.”

The VCM program ...

Teenager

For some people, being resilient is a way of life. As early as five years old, one Arbor Circle Homeless Youth client was removed from her mother who was selling drugs. During the course of multiple foster home placements and other times when she was physically and sexually abused, she was separated from her siblings and left completely on her own.

She dropped out of school in...

Teenager

A teen, with a history of alcohol use that began at a very early age, came to Arbor Circle for help. Her run-ins with the law and recent behavior triggered her parents and probation officer to force the issue. She had been in treatment before. Besides the alcohol, she suffered post-traumatic stress from being sexually abused as a child. Her parents had tried to get the...

Family reading

At times, the three year old would become anxious and cry. Nothing seemed to comfort him. These were the times his mom was in the hospital. She had significant health issues that lately became more frequent. When mom was home, he seemed happy and content; playing with toys and enjoying the company of other children.

It...