In 100 years we have transformed the lives of 10,000 boys and families, and by the year 2020, we want to change the lives of 2,000 more boys and families in crisis.
67%had been abused, neglected or witnessed violence inside or outside the home64%had been runaways70%were taking psychotropic medications95%had school problems including multiple suspensions, expulsions and truancy
85%have graduated successfully from our treatment program67%felt Bonnie Brae helped them get along better with family, friends and others67%either decreased or were reduced to no psychotropic medications100%of eligible seniors graduated from High School
81%81% are living in the community in stable living arrangements44%are working part-time or full-time jobs in the community73%are enrolled in high school or have graduated26%are enrolled in post-secondary education
Disclaimer: While stories are true accounts, photos and names have been changed to protect the privacy of our youth.
Jake came to us angry and scared with no one to turn to. His mother struggled with addiction and he was sent to Bonnie Brae by his Aunt. At first, Jake lashed out and displayed erratic behavior. He really wanted to be a Bonnie Brae Ambassador and represent Bonnie Brae in the community through volunteering and offering tours of campus, but he was turned away due to his behavioral issues. Throughout Jake’s time here, he greatly improved and eventually did get the opportunity to be a Bonnie Brae Ambassador.
Today, Jake is in the process of working toward his High School Diploma and a part of the Youth Corp. He accredits his strides to success to his time at Bonnie Brae and all that he learned with us.
“After years of doctors, social workers, medications and unsuccessful placements, Bonnie Brae was the only place in the entire state of NJ who agreed to help Jordan. The counselors, therapists, nurses, and teachers all had the same firm but caring message, “you will go home again.” Jordan learned how to learn, found some success in school and after two years, he graduated from both his High School and his Bonnie Brae classes. Without the care and love that the Bonnie Brae staff gave to my child, I would have lost that child. I serve on the Bonnie Brae Board of Trustees because I want to help this place that helped our family in such a profound way. But there is nothing I can do to thank Bonnie Brae enough for giving us our son back.” –Joseph Mudd, CPA, Bonnie Brae Parent, Bonnie Brae Trustee
Wyclef lost his mom when he was 9, he subsequently passed through 9 different foster homes in one year before spending the next two years going from treatment facility to foster home and then back to treatment facility. At age 11, he came to Bonnie Brae’s main campus and spent two years learning to manage his behavior and his emotions before successfully moving on to a community based group home. He returned to us as a resident in our Brozowski Liberty House. Staff spent the better part of a year: connecting him to community resources; helping him to manage his emotions; teaching him independent living skills; and, working with him on his relationship skills. Wyclef recently moved out on his own and is on-track to enter an auto-mechanic training program.