A Child's Promise Annual Campaign

A Child's Promise Campaign acknowledges that ALL children have potential. Your gift will ensure the children at The House receive the best possible care and resources that provide the framework for trauma recovery while helping to strengthen families in our community. That's why we started A Child's Promise Campaign. Each donation, whether it's a personal gift, company support, tribute gift, or planned gift will impact the life of a child at The House. This year, a portion of the proceeds will directly affect the children in our residential programs by providing funds to the A&B Cottage Project. The renovations address the structure and functionality of the buildings and will allow for more focused care and intensive therapy.
The House of the Good Shepherd is a pioneer of using the Sanctuary® Model, receiving its official Sanctuary Certification in February 2012. We promote safety and recovery from chronic trauma through treatment, education, and support of children and families. To intervene effectively in a traumatized child's life, we moved from a position of blame to one of experience. We stop asking, "What's wrong with this child?" and focus on "What happened to this child?" The House promotes a safe and nonviolent problem-solving framework referred to as S.E.L.F.
The S.E.L.F. Framework is:
We are committed to training our staff in the philosophical underpinnings of Sanctuary. As a result, we have a safer, better functioning organization and have seen improved outcomes for our kids, improved staff retention and satisfaction, and decreased violence.

Jesse's Story

I was in and out of The House of the Good Shepherd for years. I was 14 the first time and entered residential placement. I didn't want to be there, but it wasn't long until I saw the opportunities and chances to grow. My favorite part was the DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) with Ms. Eddy at C Cottage. I loved her groups! At times I didn't want to participate, but they were very helpful. I used to say that the coping skills that they would give me "don't work." Looking back on it, I know that they didn't work then because I didn't trust that anything could help. And now I see that they do work. They gave me the tools to help me stop cutting, fighting, and being aggressive. HGS made me realize that people care and that there is a place where everyone belongs. It made me see that I can be anything I want to be. I am now 19 years old and have so much to look forward to. I would not be here today if it weren't for The House.



If you are an alumnus, we want to hear your story. Not only will you give encouragement to children who are in care, you will help our supporters understand that they are shaping the futures of successful people in our community like you!

Please contact Sean Farrell, Communications Coordinator at seanf@hgs-utica.com or call 315.235.7773.