An Update for Friends of Highfields · October 16, 2015 · Breakfast Edition
Meet the Johnsons and the Reppenhagens at our October 29th Breakfast!
Doug's New Beginning
   Seventeen year old Doug Johnson has a big personality and loves being the center of attention. As the middle child of eight brothers and sisters, it's no surprise he wants to stand out. Unfortunately, Doug started seeking attention the wrong way. 
   Doug started lying, skipping school, and stealing. That's when Doug and his family began Multisystemic Therapy (MST) through Highfields. 
   MST is an evidence-based program which communicates with the many systems in a child's life, such as peers, parents, teachers, religious leaders, and neighbors. MST works with those systems to help the child begin to make better decisions.
Determined Mother Leaves No Stone Unturned
    Laura Reppenhagen made a difficult choice 17 years ago. She adopted her niece's daughter, Mickayla when she was 4 months old, and chose to raise her as her own. What Laura did not know was that Mickayla would grow up with mental health issues, diagnosed on the bi-polar spectrum at age 9. Though challenging at times, Laura's love for Mickayla has never been stronger. She says she wouldn't change anything for the world. 

   Laura lives in a three generation household. Her mother lives upstairs, while Laura lives downstairs with her husband Dennis, their biological daughter Allison, age 13, and Mickayla. 

   Mickayla is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder on the bi-polar spectrum. This results in intense mood swings, anger, anxiety, and depression. Though she's never been physical, Mickayla describes that side of herself as "mean."


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Strengthening Families Fundraising Breakfast

Highfields' annual Strengthening Families Fundraising Breakfast is coming up on Thursday, October 29 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

Come meet Doug and Julie Johnson and Laura Reppenhagen at our breakfast! Listen to their inspirational stories about how Highfields has helped their families.

Don't forget to RSVP by Friday, October 23rd! You can fill out our form at:

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