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Stories from Arbor Circle

Gerald's Story of Resilience

Gerald was an angry and frustrated 16-year old who was in trouble. He was performing poorly in school and skipping frequently. He was fighting with his parents constantly, ignoring their requests and staying out late. After a fight with his parents, Gerald ran away from home and connected with The Bridge, Arbor Circle’s shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Our staff helped him work...

As a young man, Tyce had to navigate the usual challenges of growing up with added pressures of stress at home, tension among his family, and growing anger and depression about his life. After a long journey of facing such challenges, he felt like he had run out of options.

“I went up in the swamp up north that I hunt in with my dad, around the tree...

never give up

After growing up in the projects of Chicago, Erika came to Grand Rapids at 17 years old and in search of a better life. The path to that life took some unexpected turns. 

“I was struggling with mental health issues, parenting issues, social issues… I needed better counseling,” she explains....

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The 24 year old came to the Arbor Circle Valued Community Member program (VCM) after he was arrested for leading the police on a high speed chase. A person in recovery, he had been in jail 3 times in the last 4 years. This time, life's pressures were just too much and he went on a binge. Now, he regrets that he “had given up.”

The VCM program ...