Faith and Character Based Programs

Individual Counseling

• All girls participate in individual counseling at least once per week

• MRPOH utilizes a Bachelor’s level Case Manager for all residents. 

• State Contracted Youth will meet with a Master’s Level Therapist one time per week in addition to their Case Manager

• MRPOH contracts with Bridges of West Michigan, Senior Therapists Dennis Chitwood LLP, LPC and Steve Wheeler, LPC, LMSW to provide therapy and psychological services

Group Counseling

• All girls participate in group counseling with a Master’s Level Therapist twice per week

• Topics include Stress and Anxiety, Emotional Management, Art Therapy, Anti-Bullying, Equine Therapy, Pet Therapy, and Lighthouse Group (Substance Education)

Life Skills

• All girls participate in a comprehensive Life Skills group at least one time per week with Denise Moore, Life Skills Instructor

• All girls complete the Casey Life Skills Assessment (more info in resident handbook)

• Topics include, but are not limited to: budgeting and banking, hygiene, sex education, permanency planning, mechanics, cooking, sewing, applying for college, applying for financial assistance. Many hands on activities are utilized to prepare the girls for their future.

• Parenting education is also provided for expecting mothers / our teen moms


• All girls placed with us have the option to participate in religious activities – it is not a requirement

• Girls have the opportunity to attend church service on Sunday mornings and a youth service on Wednesday evenings.

• The program has a partnership with Resurrection Life church in Cadillac – they are a tremendous support to our staff and girls. is the website/link

• Girls may attend church with a family member or mentor if they have a denomination preference – planned and scheduled in advance

• Girls may attend special activities as scheduled such as faith based events or concerts.


• MRPOH utilizes the Evart Public School system to provide education for the residents. Some girls work online, through Apex or Michigan Virtual School, and some attend the Public Middle and High School. The EPS system oversees all of the education programs and ensures that all residents receive needed classes and services including special education.