Too often, the answer to this question can often be very disheartening. However, we have a positive solution here in Franklin that is the only operation of its kind in Williamson County - My Friend’s House. The mission of My Friend’s House 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 and that our youth need to be given every opportunity to recover from adverse situations and to become successful young adults.
The ultimate goal of My Friend’s House is to reunite youth with their families. If reunification is not an option, My Friend’s House works to make every effort to find the best possible solution for the child’s future, including transitional living, foster home or relative placement.
Their group-care facility offers temporary, short-term residential support for at-risk young men between 13 and 18 years of age and provides 24/7 structure, oversight and counseling support. While the length of stay varies based upon their individual needs, the program is designed to be short-term (90-120 days).
The young men currently in the program include those who have a long history of dependency and neglect, emotional issues, substance abuse issues, unruly and delinquent behavior, and physical and emotional abuse. Through their care and compassion, the staff and volunteers at My Friend’s House strive to successfully treat children who present challenging behaviors and their history shows that they will meet those challenges with a “do whatever it takes” attitude to support each child.
“Through their care and compassion, the staff and volunteers at My Friend’s House strive to successfully treat children who present challenging behaviors...”
Since 1982, My Friend’s House has developed and nurtured partnerships within the community, including the United Way of Williamson County, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, Williamson County Schools, STARS Program, Williamson County Juvenile Court, as well as local businesses, churches, civic clubs, and individual contributors. These partnerships provide the opportunities that foster the youth’s self-esteem and confidence.
In short, My Friend’s House is an advocate for the children and encourages them to achieve their highest potential, improve behaviors and make good choices. To find out more about My Friend’s House, or to get involved with this great organization, visit: https://myfriendshousetn.org