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Posted April 8, 2003 

Good Will-Hinkley
Hinkley, ME
Lisa Sandy – Admissions

Good Will-Hinkley has served “needy boys and girls since 1889.” Currently they have an enrollment of 150 boys and girls ages 11 to 21, who are either the victims of physical, sexual, emotional, drug or alcohol abuse, or have come from families or single parents who can no longer care for them. Most are from Maine and New England.

The 2,450-acre campus consists of: two dozen boys and girls homes, Averill High School, Alfond Middle School and the Glen Stratton Learning Center, the Carnegie and Zlotin Libraries, the Alfond Rec Center and Clifford Gym, a non-denominational Moody Chapel, and the historic L.C. Bates Museum. On-campus counseling, family therapy, psychological and medical services are an integral part of everyday life at Good Will-Hinkley.

In their attempt to meet the individual needs of each boy and girl as they “journey back to positive feelings of family and hope,” they have several flexible programs that provide positive role models, education, health and counseling services, spiritual and character development, and numerous recreational and work opportunities. The majority of youth at GWH are in their oldest and best known program, the Cottage Program, in which six to eight boys or girls live in a cottage-style home with a family-teaching couple.

Youth who require a higher level of support are in GWH’s Staff-Enhanced Programs, which help children conquer behaviors, understand their emotions, and set goals. They stay for up to six months, which gives the child enough time to regroup and get back on a positive track.

Good Will- Hinkley receives referrals from state and quasi-state agencies, school administrators, individual families and concerned citizens. They require every candidate to meet with one of their clinicians prior to admission. Names of the youth who are approved for placement are then referred to the appropriate waiting list and are welcomed, as space becomes available in program. They maintain an extensive fundraising campaign to help with the residents’ tuition.

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