Ironwood Maine Web Update

Wow! Today is Friday, and more importantly the first day of Family Weekend! The week is a tremendous whirlwind of activity and is officially launched by a Welcome Orientation with a motivational presentation and introduction to the leadership team at Ironwood. The day is then set in motion with reunifications, smiles, laughs and yes, tears. All of the emotions you could imagine after not seeing your child for 12 weeks, or longer. After that, the families head off for a day of family therapy, group activities as well as some quality time together.

These weekends are a great opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the significant effort and growth of the family throughout their Ironwood journey. All students are involved in a variety of activities here on campus that range from fly fishing, poetry lessons, group therapy sessions and free range of the 400+ acres of Ironwood’s beautiful campus.

This always leaves the question of what happens to the new resident’s with whom the families are not able to participate in Family Weekend.  Rest assured that our staff has a good mix of activities planned! These weekends are a great opportunity for our staff to have time to really converse and build bonds with our newer students. This crew also had the opportunity to step up their contributions to the community by taking on all of the campus barn chores and spending lots of time with the Ironwood equine team. These students are paired with a staff who are excited to create adventures and unique opportunities to challenge and reward the residents not participating in the Family Weekend experiences.

While we are all making the most of these special moments here on campus, there are several family members not able to attend these weekends. This dynamic is a powerful reminder to be appreciative and intentional with the time we do have with those we care about…the most.