Story 3

"Out there, it seems like you only have one chance, but you come in here, it's like you can start your life over again. But you've got to be willing to do it. Not only them helping you, but you gotta be willing to do it. I've learned a lot in here. When you first come in and you have a conflict with one of your peers, the other peers don't let you do anything wrong."

"Practically everybody here has the same background so we all can relate to each other. They all know how you feel. They've been in the same situations."

"If you have a problem and you don't feel like talking to no one, staff will just come up to you and they'll just start talking to you and it's kind of good because . . . eventually, you're going to listen and you're going to want to talk to them about your problems. They help you a lot."

"My family comes Sundays. They bring food and we can eat on the benches. About 2 o'clock, we have family groups. Family group is pretty good cause all the parents are there."

"Oh, yeah. Saturdays and Sundays we get to go to the beach. We go boogie boarding. They bought us fins and boogie boards." (Former Male Client, 2008)