Jonathan was older than many of the kids in residential treatment when he came to ECH and had already been through many failed placements. He, like many of the kids we serve, had a tough time deciding which way to go or whom to trust. One thing he did know was that he wanted to be there for his many siblings. But, despite that major motivator, his behavior still vacillated. After a while and with the persistence of the ECH staff, Jonathan finally began to open up. He addressed his past, took charge of his present, and planned for his future. He realized that the best way to help his family was to take care of himself first, be successful, and grow into a role model for his siblings to look up to.

Jonathan continues to thrive. He is moving into ECH’s transitional living program, doing very well in school, has a job, and is looking at colleges.