Since 1998, Sierra Group Home has been a private-owned boy's home, owned and operated by Steven and Michelle Dunn, that provides short-term custody and a structured and therapeutic environment in which adolescent boys learn how to find new and productive ways to think, relate and live. We are dedicated to helping each resident develop the skills and judgment that will allow them to be successful and make a positive contribution to society. We intend to provide programs and services that will promote each resident's growth toward mature thinking and decision making, realistic understandings of one's self and others, and the knowledge and competence to deal well with problems and challenges encountered in daily life.
It is our intention to provide a comprehensive treatment program in a structured, safe and supportive environment. Objectives of the treatment program will include: assisting residents to accept responsibility for behavior, helping residents develop pro-social skills, increase residents' self-awareness, enabling residents to employ more adaptive thinking patterns and utilizing effective problem solving strategies. The overall program goal for the resident is to develop more adaptive life skills to increase the likelihood that they use these skills in their personal lives, both within and outside the group home.
We will provide living conditions that are safe, sanitary and humane, and will work to prevent residents from doing harm to themselves or others. While we have to place certain restrictions on activities, we will provide each resident with opportunities to achieve success.
A phone call or receipt of referral materials is what is required to start the placement process. Clients must be court ordered to placement and are screened for the appropriateness of placement at Sierra Group Home. The first part of this process consists of a formal review of the social history, legal history, family history, educational records and psychological records of the adolescent referred for placement. At this time, a referral is either rejected with documented reasons or is advanced to the second part of the screening process, which consists of a pre-placement interview. If it is then determined that Sierra Group Home would be beneficial to the adolescent, the referral is officially accepted and the adolescent put on our waiting list or immediately placed, depending on available bed space.
Sierra Group Home is located in the serene north woods of White Lake, Wisconsin and is adjacent to a beautiful stretch of the Wolf River.
Sierra Group Home is designed to house and treat the needs of up to eight adolescent boys, 12 to 17 years of age, who are:
- Adjudicated delinquents
- Emotionally disturbed
- Learning disabled
- Behavioral problems
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Having a history of family problems
- Alcohol and drug abusers
- In need of protective services
- Extreme psychological problems
- History of aggressive-assaultive behavior
- History of arson
- History of sexual perpetration
- History of promiscuity
Sierra Group Home does not discriminate against a resident because of race or cultural identification, sex, sexual orientation, age, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, political affiliations, or religious beliefs.