"The staff understands each individual child and their needs. Every person my child has come in contact with has made him feel as though they truly care about him as a person and about his future. They work on social skills in a way that the mainstreams school can't. My son has a bright future because of Great Circle."
"We love our respite worker. She truly loves my daughter and does all that she can to use the time they spend together well. My daughter looks forward to the time they spend together."
"What I like best about the staff at Great Circle is that they will help me through my saddest and angriest times. I never had someone that I could talk to that didn't judge me for my past, but since i have been here I can talk to the staff and know that they care about me and aren't going to put me down. The staff here are like my family - they are always here for me. I am really grateful for that. I feel like this is my new home, andI am glad that I came here!"
"I can’t tell you how it makes me feel to again see my child laugh and smile. She is blossoming into the wonderful young woman she is and I owe it all to you and your program and staff. Thank you for giving my child and my family our lives back."
Mike had been desperately trying to find help for his son Lucas, who had health problems and had been diagnosed with autism at age 3. As his son grew older, he became harder for his parents to control. His behavior got so severe, his mom left. Alone with two toddler sons, Mike was having a hard time keeping a job and taking care of his boys. He learned about Great Circle and enrolled Lucas, and things began to change. Lucas learned to use picture communication, was potty trained, and within a year and a half began to speak words. “You saved my son’s life,” said Mike, “and mine!”
"I did not expect my son would ever go to an overnight summer camp. But his experience was so great, and I was very impressed and touched by what I witnessed here. I plan on him attending Great Circle's camp next year."
“I left a bad home situation because it wasn’t safe for me and my baby, but then I was a homeless, unemployed, teen mom. I didn’t have anywhere to go and I was terrified my baby would be taken from me. The Empowering Youth program took us both in and I was able to keep my baby with me while the kind staff helped me figure out our next step. They helped me find a longer term transitional living program so I can get back on my feet and provide a better life for my baby.”
"What I like about the education program is that the teachers help me with my work when I need help. They are very respectful to me. I like that there is a credit recovery for me to do so I can get caught up in school. I like this because I am three years behind in school and the head administrator is helping me get caught up in school."
"Great Circle was there during one of our darkest times as a family. Greg, our case worker, went above and beyond in helping our family during a very hard time. He did more than what I understand to be required of him, and I believe without his dedication and hardwork in the last six weeks we would be much worse off."
"It helps me take a look at life from another viewpoint besides my natural inclinations. I've learned to slow down and consider alternatives which could lead to more positive life choices."
"I love Great Circle for finding my mom and dad for me."
Candace and Ty's dad
"What I like best about the Great Circle staff is that they really make an effort to see where you are coming from, and they work to help you through your problems."
Great Circle alumnus
"In the two years I was in Great Circle's care, they helped me lay the foundation of the man, husband, and father I am today. If it was not for this foundation, I would not have the most important things in my life – my wife and three children."
"I was finally able to work on building a relationship with my biological father. I have also built a strong and healthier relationship with my mother."
"I’m not sure what kind of person I would have been without the Transitional Living Program. It shaped me into a more responsible and independent person. I won’t lie; it has been a tough road. I am happier than ever and know that the future looks bright. For that I could not be more thankful."
"My case worker makes sure I have everything I need to be successful and gets me anything I need quickly. He has helped me to feel ready to become independent when I turn 21. We have a good relationship and I know I can always talk to him about anything."
"I have always been scared about growing up and being all on my own. I never really had anyone to teach me how to do that before. But the groups at Great Circle are making me feel less scared, I'm learning a lot about how to take care of myself and it's nice to be able to talk about everything with people who really care."
"The Chafee program staff are amazing! They push me to be better, and believe in me like no one else ever has! I love them so much!"
"Through these parenting groups, I've gained the knowledge and skills to be a nurturing father to my daughter. The program has truly been a blessing and still helps me today."
"I would just like to say thanks for setting up Changing Prisms for all of us girls. It really meant a lot to me, and has given me a new perspective on life."
"Thank you for making it possible for children with special needs to test themselves, meet challenges, and enjoy life through adventures."
"In LIFT, I made friends that care for me and want me to be successful."