My Friend’s House Family and Children Services, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in 1982 to provide therapeutic services to children. My Friend’s House is a group home for boys operated by Williamson County Youth, Inc. which began its operation in 1988. For the next ten years My Friend’s House served the Williamson County community as an emergency shelter for youth. Initially, the facility served seven children on a regular basis, but because of space limitations was forced to turn away many others in need. In 1992, the agency purchased a larger facility and was able to double the number of children it served. On October 1, 1998, My Friend’s House became a residential group home. As a result of a class action suit against the State of Tennessee, all residential group homes licensed by the State of Tennessee, limited residents to eight.
My Friend’s House is a comprehensive treatment program. The agency operates under the evidence-based behavioral modification. Within the level system, the youth are able to earn daily points that advance them towards their goals. Education and exposure to opportunities are the major components of the program. Throughout the years, My Friend’s House has developed and nurtured partnerships within the community, such as United Way of Williamson County, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, Williamson County Schools, STARS Program, Williamson County Juvenile Court, local businesses, churches, civic clubs, and individual contributors. These partnerships provide the opportunities that foster the youth’s self-esteem and confidence. My Friend’s House is an advocate for the children and encourages them to achieve their highest potential, improve behaviors and make good choices.
The ultimate goal and purpose of My Friend’s House is to reunite youth with their families. When reunification is not an option, My Friend’s House works collaboratively with the Department of Children’s Services to make every effort to find the best possible solution for the youth’s future, to including transitional living, foster home or relative placement.
The mission is to serve at-risk youth in need by offering a home-like environment with a balance of structure, support, nurturing and expectations. The agency believes that today’s youth are tomorrow’s future. Our youth need to be given every opportunity to recover from adverse situations and to become successful young adults.
- Provide a safe and humane environment for the children we serve
- Utilize the most innovative methods, procedures, and technologies that are available to support children
- Emphasize team-work principles
- Create opportunities for children to develop their potential in growth, improvement, and independence
- Encourage the development of support in the community
- Deliver services that emphasize self-determination, individuality, flexibility, and accessibility
- Promote an approach that is structured, person-centered, empowering, culturally appropriate, and confidential in nature
- Focusing on the strengths and assets of children to promote dignity and positive self concept
The values outlined above are the foundation and principles upon which we have built successful programs for children, youth, and adolescents. Our deep and abiding concern for the health and well-being of children is demonstrated by the quality of those programs. A visit to our facility would instantly reveal that while we place a high premium on old-fashioned values such as hard work and discipline, we also believe very strongly in the dignity of the human spirit. Our program is structured to provide children a safe and secure place to grow and develop.
The current population that we serve includes children who have a long history of dependency and neglect, emotional issues, substance abuse issues, unruly and delinquent behavior, and physical and emotional abuse. We strive to successfully treat children who present challenging behaviors. Our history proves that we will accept that challenge and demonstrate a “do whatever it takes” attitude to support each child appropriate for our licensure and resources.