Here are a few of the many letters we’ve received over the years from students, parents and grandparents who have had their children in our program, as well as some of the kids themselves. References are available upon request.
“Wolf Creek Academy forever changed my life. I’ve made friends that are going to last a lifetime. As of right now, I’m almost 18 years old and attending college. I’m basically working two jobs and loving life. If it wasn’t for the loving, compassionate staff there, I don’t know if I’d be where I am today. And once you leave WCA, the support never leaves you. They are still there for you. The most important thing out of all of this, though, is meeting my best friend, Jesus. I know He is always there for me through all the good times and the bad. He motivates me everyday. Thank you, Wolf Creek Academy, for changing my life. With a tear down my eye, I can actually say at this point in my life, I am happy, all because of that support I had and still have today. Thank you is not enough words to say. Only God knows how much you all mean to me. Thank you for changing my life.”
Ivana, Former Student
“ My name is Mary. Prior to my enrollment I had been kicked out of school, ran away from home numerous times, suffered extreme depression, and had radical anger issues. Being the oldest child in my family, my parents feared that I would soon destroy my own life as well as set my younger siblings up for failure. They made the extremely difficult decision of placing my life in the hands of others with the hope my behaviors and thought process might change.
As a student I learned that while I may have consequences from my past behaviors, I could be forgiven by God, my family, and myself. I was introduced to the process of working through my anger and hurt through counseling. I found self worth, acceptance, and the opportunity of becoming an established young adult. I learned the tools that would set me up to make positive decisions. In counseling, the trust and communication line with my parents was opened up. My life was turned around and saved during my enrollment in the program.
I am now 26 years old and married to a wonderful man. If there is one thing that I would pass on to those in a tough spot is the good news that things can and will change. I find many of the things I was taught years ago still pop up in my mind when I least expect, but when I need it the most. I completely credit my success to the foundations of love, support, and motivation laid by the Jones’ and their school. Without the guidance I had through my counselor and the other staff, I do not believe I would be in the place that I am today. ”
Mary, Former Student
“ When I first arrived at Wolf Creek Academy I had many weaknesses and struggles. I wasn’t quite sure why I was here, but the more time I spent the more I began to realize what my problem were. I recently lost my mother and they taught me the healthy ways of grieving and accepting the loss of a loved one. I’ve struggled my whole life trying to deal with the physical, verbal and sexual abuse that I’ve experienced. WCA also helped me to set boundaries to better protect myself for the future.
My biggest recent struggles were codependency and anxiety. The counselors at WCA gave me several workbooks which have helped teach me different ways of dealing with my anxiety and have taught me coping skills to deal with the people around me.
I have built very strong relationships with the staff, counselors, and other students while I have been here. They are the most encouraging people I have ever met in my entire life. If I hadn’t come to WCA, I’m not sure where I would be and I certainly wouldn’t be the confident outgoing person that I have become. ”
Rachel, Former Student
“ I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you how much we appreciate everything that you have done for our son, Adam, since he began attending your school. What was the worse period of time for us a parents, has turned into such a blessing! We are so thankful that we found your school and made the hardest decision in our life to send him to you.
Some of the improvement that we have noticed in Adam is that he has matured and taken responsibility for the actions that sent him to your school. His communication skills with us have greatly improved and I believe he has become a more grateful, thankful teenager as a result of the time spent at your school. He is also up to date with his classes. This is a vast improvement from the child we sent you months ago. He is becoming the young man I always new he could be.
We believe that Wolf Creek has also allowed our whole family to change as well. We hope to continue making the progress and changes that we need to make as a family, so that Adam will be able to make the good choices that he needs to make for his future. It is nice to know that your program will still support our family when Adam returns home. ”
Mark and Maureen, Parents
When we first brought our son to WCA he was despondent, defiant, and disengaged. The future did not look too bright at all. Through your program Steven learned to make friends, to look forward to life and to like himself. He has a new future in front of him. We felt as if God led us to WCA. We were right.
Mark and Maureen, Parents
I can’t thank the school enough for helping my grandson when he was at his lowest. Everything had been tried. He needed to get away from the town he was in and the friends who weren’t really friends. The beautiful setting in the mountains of Western North Carolina was perfect. From the minute we met Pat, we felt at ease and knew this was the clean break he needed, Here was someone who could truly objectively help him. I’m sure he will look back on this time as a turning point. Thank you all.