The mission of the Residential program is to provide long-term residential care through a stable and structured environment.
HopeTree’s Residential program provides long-term care for residents who need a structured setting in order to best learn to cope with their emotional and behavioral challenges. The program also enhances the emotional, educational, physical, social, and spiritual development of each adolescent in our care while teaching them vital life skills. Emergency admissions are accepted for at-risk youth needing immediate long-term placement, and can be made Monday-Friday during regular business hours, or after-hours by appointment. Goals for placement include returning home, treatment foster care, or independent living with support for college or vocational training.
HopeTree operates two residential programs: Salem Campus and the Wilderness Outdoor Opportunity Discovery School (WOODS). Our Salem Campus program has been in continuous operation since 1890, when HopeTree was founded as the Baptist Orphanage of Virginia. Located at Bickers Camp on Craig in Craig County, WOODS cares for up to 16 boys in a more remote, nature-based setting. Both programs enable each resident to find stability and make healthier life choices. Once they have completed the program, residents may transition to another residential program, Treatment Foster Care, or return home when appropriate.
- Gender: Male (Salem Campus and WOODS) and Female (Salem Campus only)
- Ages: 11-17
- IQ Score: 67 and above
- School: Public schools, private schools, HopeTree Academy, On-site WOODS school, post-secondary education, or GED program. School enrollment is mandatory unless the prospective resident has successfully completed an educational program and meets other criteria.
- Emotional: Stable enough to function within limits of current program
- Physical: Capable of negotiating the residential environment.
- Convicted of sexual offenses
- History of intentionally starting fires with the determined intent to cause harm or significant property damage
- Chemically dependent and in need of inpatient treatment
- Actively psychotic, suicidal, or homicidal
- Convicted of violent crimes that would pose a risk to residents, self, or others
- History of multiple violent actions that have not been moderated
Services are provided to youth who have experienced a wide range of abuse and neglect situations. Residents may be referred from foster care, court services, by private placement, or as a step-down placement from residential treatment facilities for those residents needing a less structured environment.
DSM IV diagnoses that are typical for our residents are:
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- ADD or ADHD
- Adjustment Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder
Services provided include:
Case Management – Individual service plans, behavior support plans
Counseling Services – Individual, group, and family therapy provided on campus by Licensed Clinical Social Workers and by community-based providers. Groups address substance abuse issues, anger management, grief and loss, and more.
Educational Services – HopeTree Academy (Salem Campus), On-site WOODS school, public school, GED programs
Medical Services – Community-based medical, dental, and psychiatric services.
Religious Services – Opportunities for voluntary participation in Bible studies, groups, community and volunteer activities. Provided by on-staff Director of Christian Education.
Recreational Services – Typical on-campus activities include arts & crafts, yoga, aerobics, swimming, ping-pong, movies, basketball, football, baseball, weightlifting, music and art lessons, horseback riding, and seasonal campus activities. Off-campus activities include state park field trips, bike rides, trips to high school and collegiate athletic events, local church activities, and concerts.
Within the structure of our program, residents are taught independent living skills using the Casey Life Skills Assessment to monitor progress. Residents have 24-hour supervision by qualified staff. Groups are conducted in the residence cottages to address social skills, anger management, self-esteem, and independent living skills. Residents are also encouraged to obtain part-time employment after reaching the proper level and age.