A Home Away from Home for the Holidays

Tree-topDuring the holidays more than any other time of the year, it becomes especially apparent that home is where the heart is—and Quest House is certainly no exception. We strive to create a caring and supportive atmosphere, a home full of love where healing can begin.

Quest House is a transitional living program for adolescent boys, who live in a home-like environment. The boys are given the opportunity to learn and practice new behaviors that improve their quality of life and reduce the possibility of relapse when returning to their own home and community. Over the holidays not all of our boys are able to go home.

“Some of our kids come from homes where there aren’t a lot of financial resources, so we want to make sure there’s a spirit of celebration,” said Denise Everett, Executive Director at Quest. “We don’t emphasize the religious aspect of the holiday season, but more the philosophy of kindness, compassion and brotherhood.”

At all times of year, the feeling of brotherhood, of fraternity, is key for the tenants of the Quest House. A strong sense of community is present year-round at Quest House, but during the holidays, things really kick into full swing. This year, the boys—the brothers—put up a live tree and decorated the house together to get in the spirit of the season and to prepare to host a grand holiday party, on Monday, December 16 for the residents and staff.

The staff of Quest House act as guardians, caretakers and role models for the boys, who are having a tough enough time making through treatment without having to shoulder the weight of feeling alone and isolated. It’s become a tradition for our staff to give gifts to the boys to foster this treatment process and encourage personal growth and exploration, as well as a caring attitude during the holidays.

“Our goal is to facilitate and clarify that experience.  Our services encompass a holistic approach to treatment by addressing mind, body and spirit,” said Everett.

For now, and over the holidays they will do what other kids do. They’ll eat, sleep, watch TV and have the opportunity to celebrate holidays at “home” just like any other boys. Thanks for keeping Quest House in mind this holiday season. We’re incredibly grateful for all of our boys, our staff and everyone who’s contributed to making Quest the program it is today. Happy holidays!

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