Posted: Apr 15, 2009, 15:13
Norm Ostrum, MA
Director of Admissions
Montcalm Crossroads Structured Transitional Living (STL), a rather new program of Montcalm School for Boys and owned by Starr Commonwealth, is for young men ages 17-21 who need continued support and structure after leaving a residential treatment program or before transitioning back into their community, heading to college or returning to their families and home.
Montcalm Schools is accredited by The Council of Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. and licensed by the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Human Services. They are a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).
Students reside in on-campus apartments where they are immersed in daily life skills training. With the presence of independent living specialist, students learn hands-on everyday skills that will enable them to live on their own independently. Skills they will acquire include shopping for and cooking their meals while also learning to juggle a set budget, time management utilizing a calendar and planner, plus strategies for job interviews. Students may choose to have a job on or off campus or may elect to enroll in classes at the local community college in addition to their participation in service learning projects. These projects can include working at a homeless shelter or local animal shelter.
Individual counseling is available and therapeutic group meetings are held three times a week in addition to a weekly apartment meeting.
Located on the Starr Commonwealth campus, students have access to the gym facilities and lakefront with less staff supervision and participate in several on-campus clubs, which include running, swimming and weight lifting.
[This information came from the Montcalm Schools website and brochure.]