Virtually all of the boys we serve come from a family in crisis and have been abused, traumatized or neglected:
– Steve lived a pretty normal life until his father and mother became hooked on drugs.
– Tony was orphaned as a child and bounced around to several foster homes
– Some, like Juan, have emotional challenges
– Others, like John, have physical or cognitive disabilities
Often as a result, these boys act out in destructive ways. We break these cycles of abuse by attempting to heal the entire family. We practice family therapy, educate parents, and offer recreational activities for families.
Lamar never knew his mother or father. At birth, his parents lost their parental rights due to their drug addiction. As a newborn, Lamar started his life in a foster home and subsequently he was moved through a series of six different homes. A victim of physical, verbal and sexual abuse, Lamar acted his anger out through violence. Without a stable parental figure in his life, Lamar became a ward of the state and at the age of 10, Lamar was sent to Bonnie Brae – specifically because of our experience in treating complex trauma.
Upon arriving at Bonnie Brae, Jack received a thorough medical assessment, a routine procedure for all new students. Unlike any other resident, however, the medical team was astounded to discover a bullet lodged in his leg. Six months prior to coming to Bonnie Brae, Jack had been shot. Without insurance, without parental guidance and because it wasn’t an imminent life threat, he nursed the injury himself – a secret he dealt with in order to survive. Once Jack’s secret was discovered, the bullet was removed, the wound quickly healed and Jack became a starting point guard for Bonnie Brae’s basketball team.