Activate the Good: Join the Movement!

Activate the Good: Join the Movement! Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Have you ever gone up to pay for something and your card gets declined? This happened to me last week! I was at Hobby Lobby and my card got declined – THREE times. The panic set in and I felt like everyone in line was staring at […]

School-Based Counseling: Practical Skills for Families

School-Based Counseling: Practical Skills for Families Facebook Twitter LinkedIn After introducing our School-Based Counseling program in my first blog post, I wanted part two to have some practical tools you can begin using at home with your family right now. These are concepts we work on with families in therapy. Remember, little shifts can create […]

Mental Health And Foster Care

Mental Health And Foster Care Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Here at Good Samaritan, we talk a lot about mental health. Often, the foster youth we work with come from backgrounds where they have experienced trauma and neglect. We have some amazing, trauma-informed therapists on our team who ensure our youth get the care and treatment they […]

School-Based Counseling at Good Samaritan

School-Based Counseling at Good Samaritan Facebook Twitter LinkedIn What is School-Based Counseling? I was a counselor in private practice for several years. I worked with kids and teens of all ages. And while the clients I worked with made progress, the practical side of making room in the day for counseling was cumbersome for a […]

Back to School in Specialized Care: Meet Ty!

Back to School in Specialized Care: Meet Ty! Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Do you remember those last few weeks of summer before the start of a new school year? What do you think about? The brand new school supplies? The classes you’ll be taking? Or perhaps it’s those feelings of nervous excitement about the year to […]

The Eagala Model at Good Samaritan

The Eagala Model at Good Samaritan Facebook Twitter LinkedIn From the time the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch opened in 1959, horses have played an important role in helping youth heal. Today, several staff members at the Ranch are certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, or Eagala. The official Eagala website notes that […]

Protective Factors: What They Are and Why We Need Them

Protective Factors: What They Are and Why We Need Them Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Every 10 seconds, a report of child abuse or neglect is made to child protection agencies. In Missouri alone, there were 5,465 substantiated cases of child abuse and/or neglect in 2018. These are sobering statistics, but child abuse IS preventable. At Good Samaritan, […]

Transitional Living: Sydney’s Story of Hope

Transitional Living: Sydney’s Story of Hope Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Meet Sydney.   Guarded and fiercely independent, Sydney joined the Transitional Living program and became a full-time resident as a 17 year-old high school student. Around this time, she became pregnant with her son. In a new place, surrounded by adults who she did not yet fully […]

What Do We Mean by “Activate the Good”?

What Do We Mean by “Activate the Good”? Facebook Twitter LinkedIn I entered the role of CEO for the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch in 2020. I was given an almost impossible task: following in the footsteps of a titan in the child welfare sector. Kevin Killian, our former CEO, breathed life into this organization 30 […]

How Do We Define Success?

How Do We Define Success? Facebook Twitter LinkedIn How does Good Samaritan define success? Well, it depends. When I first joined Good Samaritan as the Communications Coordinator, I remember that on top of wanting to know more about our programs, I also wanted to know how we define success in those programs. I mean, if […]