Through the history of The Joy House we have found there are many misconceptions about exactly who we are and what we do. We are significantly different from many other childcare and group home operations. This is an attempt to break some of the "Common Myths".
The Joy House is just for boys or just for girls.
FALSE. We serve both young men and young women with both a girl's and a boy's home.
The Joy House serves "bad" kids, those with severe mental problems, drug habits and a pattern of violence.
FALSE. We will not accept children with an I.Q. score less than 80 or a current record of drug or alcohol dependency. We also will not admit any child who poses a safety threat to the other children on our campus.
The Joy House only accepts "easy" children with few discipline problems.
FALSE. Most of our children exhibit mild to moderate emotional and behavioral problems; however, we look at all cases and determine placement on a case-by-case basis.
The parents or legal guardians of our children are "bad" people who abuse their children.
FALSE. The parents or guardians love their children, which is why they seek help from The Joy House. For a myriad of reasons, they - and their children - are in a state of crisis.
The parents are typically "poor".
FALSE. The families and children at The Joy House come from a wide socioeconomic spectrum -- including wealthy, middle-class, and low income backgrounds.
The Joy House is only a custodial program that houses children.
FALSE. In addition to room and board, the Joy House program involves intensive counseling for the family and child as well as education.
The children live full-time at The Joy House and are separated from their parents or guardians.
FALSE. The children return home on alternating weekends and holidays to practice family skills. In addition, as the family progresses through the program they have passes with their children each week and on higher phases of the program are home every weekend. In addition we involve the child with the family in counseling sessions.
The program will be complete within a set time period.
FALSE. Advancement through our program is character and change driven. As certain milestones are reached then there is phase advancement. There is no set length of stay. The average length of the program is between 12 and 18 months.
The program cost is too expensive.
FALSE. Fees are based on a sliding scale related to the applicant's ability to pay.
The Joy House is so affordable, there's a long waiting list.
FALSE. There is a waiting list at times and many families who contact us are in crisis and need immediate placement. These families, because of the crisis, have to seek a referral. Other families who are able to wait for an opening come in for counseling until there is an opening which helps us build a relationship with the child and family. There are occasions when we do have an opening that is not immediately filled. However, they usually don't remain vacant long.
The children are cramped together in dorms similar to an institution.
FALSE. Quite the opposite, we have a beautiful 30 acre campus with mountain views and plenty of room to run and play. We currently have a girls and boys home each housing seven teens.