St George Program Success Story
Meet Benjamin*: Benjamin, now 20 years old, has resided at Maryville for nearly eight years. He had been abandoned by his mother, raised for awhile by his father who died when he was just 11 years old. There was no other family who felt able to care for Benjamin and provide him the special support that he needed. Benjamin exhibited severe aggression at times, he had a low IQ of 53, and was diagnosed with mental illnesses, asthma and sickle cell.
Benjamin was welcomed into Maryville’s John and Mary Madden Center (at the time known as the Madden Center, previously a Boy’s Residential Program) and then moved to Maryville’s St. George Program. The Maryville St. George treatment team worked diligently with Benjamin on managing his anger and aggressive feelings; actively participating in treatment; understanding his medications; and worked on developing his academic and job skills.
Benjamin worked for Maryville’s food service team and even expressed a wish to find a job in a restaurant. He attended the Maryville Jen School and he excelled academically. In Benjamin’s last semester he received one B and the rest of his grades were A’s!
In February of 2009, Benjamin transitioned and moved to an adult supported living environment within the community. The Maryville St. George team remains in contact with him. Benjamin states he enjoys living at his new home and really likes his housemates. The transitional program’s team reports that Benjamin is thriving, is attending workshops daily until he finds a job, and is interested in continuing his education.
*Benjamin is not his real name.