Southmountain Teen Learns Important Life Skills!

Posted by: swright 1 year, 9 months ago

Brandon, a teenager living at our Foster Community, turned 18 years old on December 1st! At 18, Brandon could have chosen to leave the Foster Community and live on his own; but instead, he chose to stay with his house parents on campus where he is learning some important skills that he will need to live on his own. Brandon is a senior in high school and is maintaining good grades, while working a part time job at Jersey Mikes. He was able to save $1,400 from his summer job which he used to pay for half of his first car. The LINKS program, North Carolina’s Foster Care Independence Program, will pay the other half. LINKS provides services and resources to all youth ages 16 to 21 who are in foster care or have aged out of foster care.
Brandon’s foster parents, Tim and Kelsey Webb have done an outstanding job teaching Brandon to save money, and have supported him in working a part time job so he can learn the skills that he will need to live on his own! Great job Brandon, Kelsey and Tim!

Southmountain to Begin SPARCS Therapy

Posted by: swright 1 year, 9 months ago

At the end of January, Southmountain Children and Family Services will begin to offer two SPARCS groups for teenagers. SPARCS, short for Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress is an evidence-based group therapy for teens that teaches life-long skills that teens can use to cope with the trauma they have experienced. One group will be held on the campus of our Foster Community and the second group will be held at McDowell High School.
The mission of Southmountain Children and Family Services is to Provide Pathways of Change for Children, Families, and the Community. As part of this mission, Southmountain strives to grow and improve the services we offer to children and families. By beginning this new program we will have another tool to help our teenagers on campus and in the community and we are excited to begin to offer SPARCS groups!
The training of our Clinicians was made possible in part by a grant from the Burke Women’s Fund, operating under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Burke County. Southmountain is very grateful for this gift from the Burke Women’s Fund.  Thank you!