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Posted September 23, 2003 

Possibilities
Jim & Lorraine Craik
Trout Creek, Montana
406-827-4604

Possibilities is a group home for "high school-aged young people" that offers a "dynamic, structured home atmosphere where young people can grow emotionally, mentally and physically in a safe environment. The facility is part of a working ranch located in Western Montana." Appropriate candidates for this small program are males who either have some form of addiction or chaotic dysfunction in the family, have suffered neglect or abandonment, have grief/loss issues and/or have physical/emotional abuse issues. Often they are kinesthetic learners or have a history of ADD or ADHD. If a potential candidate has violence, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, drug addiction or conduct disorder in their backgrounds, they are usually not appropriate for this program.

The local high school in Thompson Falls, Montana provides the academic component for the students at Possibilities. In addition, each student receives a "customized experience based on his needs, interests, experience and abilities. This lifestyle modification program is located on a 165 acre ranch surrounded by timber, meadows and streams. It is adjacent to a national forest and also includes a 3,500 foot turf airstrip. This nurturing, Christian environment, combined with the daily routines and responsibilities of ranch life helps to build confidence and self-reliance." The students live in a "structured, family setting in a large, chalet-style home. This rural setting lends itself to many outdoor activities such as canoeing, backing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, camping and mountain biking, along with the typical snow sports that occur in the winter months."

Lorraine Craik has been an office manager with the Loren & Penny Riddell's Explorations program in Trout Creek, Montana for several years now. Lorraine and her husband, Jim have worked with young people since 1983. In addition to operating a remote camp for young people in Southeastern Alaska, Jim also directed a mission boarding school for disadvantaged adjudicated students ages 12 to 20. Lorraine has worked in various aspects of these programs. They both worked at a facility for special needs students, where she was a classroom teacher. "Jim has a B.A. degree from Walla Walla College in Theology with minors in industrial education and psychology. He also holds a commercial pilot's license and is a certified flight instructor. Lorraine has an associate degree in Dietetics from Walla Walla College."

A trained family therapist, Franny Gryl, also works with their program. She holds both an M.S. in Family and Child Development and an Ed.S. in Counselor Education. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including schools and wilderness-based programs for youth-at-risk.

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