Alley's Story

Providing a wide range of services to youth and their families.

At Villa of Hope, our programs are as diverse as the youth and families we serve—from programs for youth involved in the court system and those coping with mental health issues to issues of foster care, life-skills development, work training, mentoring and general counseling. 
Alley had a rough start in life—she was born two months premature, had significant health issues and experienced severe developmental delays as a result.

She struggled academically and resisted going to school. By the end of her 4th-grade year, she had missed 62 days of school and was tardy 94 times. Every morning was a battle between Alley and her mother, and as these battles escalated, Alley’s mother often gave in and let her stay home.

Alley was ultimately diagnosed with ADHD and was put on medication to control the symptoms. This was a start, but Alley’s mom needed help working through the diagnosis.

Alley’s pediatrician referred the family to Villa of Hope’s ICM Care Coordinator program—one of more than a dozen programs the Villa operates in the community to support youth and families struggling with mental health disorders, developmental delays and behavioral issues. A Villa of Hope case manager was assigned to the family and worked intensively with Alley’s mom to help her understand her needs and develop plans to support her success at home and in school.

The case manager worked closely with Alley’s teachers and the principal at her school to ensure consistency between work and home, and with her pediatric psychiatrist to monitor her progress. She visited Alley and her mom weekly, and talked with them regularly to troubleshoot any issues.

As Alley made progress, her mom became more confident in her ability to manage the ADHD. By the end of her 5th-grade year, Alley was not only attending school regularly, she was winning awards for good classroom behavior.