TO NEW DESTINY YOUTH FACILITY
New Destiny Youth Facility, STRTP is a safe place where youth are able to live and grow into socially competent individuals, while away from their families.
Our Message Regarding COVID-19
As the impact of COVID-19 grows, we think it is important that you hear directly from us about the mitigation efforts we have enacted to reduce the risk to our employees.
Our focus remains on the health and safety of our employees and residents, while doing our part to restrict the spread of disease. We know it is critical for us to be transparent with information, and to be as proactive and reactive as we can be.
We have reinforced our standard cleaning procedures, while adding increased frequency measures for things such as wiping down all touch points, counters, tables, kitchen areas, bathrooms, door handles and wall light switches to name a few. These enhanced sanitizing procedures were implemented to minimize the risks of COVID-19. We also continue to reinforce our policy for reporting illness. As a state licensed facility we are instructed to inform everyone if our employees may have been exposed to the coronavirus, and are being treated or tested for the coronavirus, or are experiencing flu-like systems, employees are also directed to stay home should they feel ill.
This situation continues to change daily and as such, we will continue to follow the guidance provided by the CDC and local health departments, in addition to doing all that we can to help keep our employees, staff, residents, and the community safe.
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this challenging time.
New Destiny Youth Facility Board Members
EMPOWERING TODAY'S YOUTH FOR TOMORROW'S FUTURE
IT'S UP TO YOU!!!
Since 2005, New Destiny Youth Facility , STRTP, has provided youth with a trauma-informed homelike and nurturing environment that has allowed them to safely stabilize behaviors and emotions. It has always been our goal to ensure that youth placed in the care and custody of New Destiny receive the supports and access to educational, mental health, and behavioral management services to heal and support a safe and prompt return to a least restrictive environment that is ideally a family like setting.
Foster youth are taught the importance of being accountable and responsible for their behavior. What healthy relationships look like, what respect looks like and what abuse looks like. Youth are taught how to love self first and then others.
Our goal for all youth is to support individualized, trauma informed, culturally competent services in partnership with youth, their family, and community partners as necessary. We will help youth develop social competence, restore their sense of hope and assist them in reaching their fullest potential.
LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
Some of the skills taught are:
Money or Budgeting Skills
Cooking or Food Skills
Cleanliness and Hygiene
Social skills and manners...
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
— Adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren C. Eiseley
I'm sure everyone has heard about group homes; most people would cringe at the thought of their child being placed in one. I've been to different group homes and I considered them all a joke. Until I was placed at New Destiny Youth Facility. It was there I felt accepted, I used the word "accepted" because Ms. Cathy welcomed me with open arms. New Destiny Youth Facility wasn't like any other place I've been before, it was so different from what I was accustomed to. New Destiny Youth Facility had structure, discipline, compassion, respect and most of all love, (believe me when I say I needed all of that). In the time of me being there, Ms. Cathy did everything in her power to show me my worth. I fell hard into depression and turned to drugs. When Ms. Cathy took me in, I was a fragile little girl that didn't trust anything or one. She changed my life, she actually cared about me & every aspect of my future. New Destiny was essential in molding me into who I am today. The staff there are just as amazing as she is. I wouldn't even consider New Destiny Youth Facility to be a group home, it's a REAL home. She made each girl feel like it's their home and not a temporary placement. We went on outings every weekend, and frequently volunteered to help at homeless shelters, senior residential care, and street ministries. We attended church every Sunday. We always participated in fun activities such as; ILP workshops which demonstrated how to function independently as a young adult. If your child is ever placed in New Destiny "I promise you that you will never forget what an amazing impact it has on your child’s life."
My experience at New Destiny Youth Facility was a great one. They helped me grow into an independent young lady. The staff at New Destiny Youth Facility provided me with important skill sets on how to be independent. These skill sets have proven to be a vital asset now that I am, living on my own. This home was very structured, we learned things like how to open up a bank account, calling and scheduling our own appointments (i.e. doctors, dentist, etc.) and taught us how to prepare healthy meals. New Destiny Youth Facility wasn't just another group home, it was a Christian based group home which, was something significant I liked about it. When I had my child, New Destiny Youth Facility taught me effective parenting skills that has contributed to me being the mother I am today. They taught me everything I needed to know about being a teen mom. I looked at the facilities Administrator Ms. Cathy as if she was my own mother. She was a very supportive, understanding, and loving individual. Her infectious and caring spirit made each one of us feel like we were one of her own. My experience at New Destiny Youth Facility will always be one of the greatest periods of my life. To me the environment reminded me of a home more than it did a group home.
Hello My name is Deashanay Robertson I was at New Destiny for about 3 years till I was 19 My Experience at New Destiny youth Facility was Challenging helpful one of the best things that’s happened I was very broken lost confused hurt when I arrived at the facility but with the help of Ms Cathy aka a mother figure mr Jamal the president of the facility and the staff members all I was able to accomplish a lot and even figure out the root cause of my emotions I was also put on many meds when I arrived about like 9 meds but by 6 months I was down to 3 I feel that New Destiny is such a helpful facility to anyone willing to become a better version of themselves and growing physically and spiritually and also be a willing participant and get the help
~Deashanay Robertson 🙏🏾
While residing at New Destiny Youth Facility I was shown so much love and support. I was able to work on myself while learning life skills. These skills I now use throughout my daily living. Not only did I learn to communicate effectively, I also was challenged to operate outside of my comfort zone. I learned all these tools while feeling like I was a part of a family and not in a group home. I felt like I was surrounded by staff who loved and supported me. They were always there to offer good advice and sometimes just listen. I truly enjoyed the family outings when we would go out to eat together and family trips. Additionally, I truly enjoyed going to church which has fueled my new relationship with God, thanks to New Destiny Youth Facility. Now, I am ready to start a new chapter in my life. If it wasn't for their love and support, I wouldn't know where I'd be.
New Destiny Youth Facility, where do I begin? Well I was 16, a runaway and also pregnant. When I found out I was going to a Christian Group home I wasn’t thrilled. I was nervous, but I was tired of running, and I knew I had to get my life in order now that I was pregnant. When I got to New Destiny I was welcomed with opened arms. I remember Ms. Cathy taking me to Walmart to purchase my personal hygiene items that already told me a lot about her. Other group homes bought all my stuff from the dollar store. Ms. Cathy was ALWAYS around. She was like a mom, she was nurturing, understanding, loving, and she even got me frustrated as a mother would get any child. She had rules, she had structure and as a child we don’t like them, we don’t understand them we Don’t want them! We were always rewarded for good behavior, an allowance she even bought us way more than the state would provide. Now that I am an adult with my own kids, I understand it and respect her for everything. All the tough love, all the real love, and guidance she provided me has truly helped me. Honestly, I felt like she was my last resort and she saved my life! She treated me like her own daughter. She even fought to keep me after I had my child and I will never forget that. I truly thank her for that. Ms. Cathy loved my child as her own as well. New Destiny is not a group home it’s a HOME. So, thank you Ms. Cathy and Pops and all the Group Home staff for taking care of us, and making sure we were safe and providing such a loving home ❤️
Sincerely, Ricki Hope Ortiz