grateful families

Families Helping Families

We encourage families of Skyland Trail graduates to stay connected with our community. There are many ways to give back and support families at an earlier stage of their recovery journey.

A Gift to Our Annual Fund

Gifts to our annual fund from grateful families help:

  • families benefit from our financial aid program
  • families participate in the STEP program free of charge
  • alumni clients stay connected through the Alumni program at no charge
  • enhance therapeutic programs

Consider recognizing the efforts of a loved one or Skyland Trail team member with a gift in their honor.

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Alumni Family Endowed Scholarship

The Alumni Family Endowed Scholarship was established in 2020 by families of Skyland Trail graduates. This endowment will exist in perpetuity and provides critical financial assistance to eligible patients, helping to ensure that future generations have access to quality mental health services for years to come.  Donations in any amount are welcome throughout the year from Grateful Families.

Other Ways Alumni Families Can Help

Write a Letter

Can you write a letter about your family's experience at Skyland Trail? We might share it as a testimonial with other families, board members and donors. We might also pull quotes from it to share on our website or social media. If you're comfortable using your name that's fine, or we can attribute your letter to "an alumni family." We are committed to protecting your privacy.

Post a Review

Consider posting an online review about your experience. Online reviews can significantly influence treatment decisions. Sharing your experience might help other families determine if Skyland Trail might be the right program for their loved one. Popular review sites include: googleyahoo, and yelp.

Speak at Family Orientation

Skyland Trail hosts Family Orientation each month. A highlight of the day for many families is the opportunity to hear from an alumni family member and ask questions. If you are interested in serving as a resource for new client families in this way, please let us know.

Serve as a Reference

Some families considering treatment at Skyland Trail ask to speak with an alumni family for a first-hand perspective. If you would be willing to receive occasional calls from prospective client families, we will share your interest with our admissions team.

Please contact Ben Bradbury if you are interested in any of these opportunities to help.

Meet Our Grateful Families

Learn what motivates families of Skyland Trail graduates to make gifts to our annual campaign or include Skyland Trail in their planned giving.

Stepping Back to Help Our Daughter Move Forward

Tina and Peter W., parents of an adult program graduate In 2017, our daughter was struggling badly. She was working with a therapist and psychiatrist,…

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An Extraordinary Journey

Beth, mother of an adolescent program graduate I finally understood that my daughter’s mental illness was not something that my husband and I could fix…

What Was Best for Our Daughter

Parents of an adolescent program graduate and financial aid award recipients Our daughter needed help. But where we live in North Florida, there are only…

Thankful for Today

By Renee: When my son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2016, I began looking for answers. They were hard to find. After extensive research, however,…

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Adolescent Parent Gives Back with Employer Matching Gift

Because of Skyland Trail, my son is alive today. When my teenage son began to struggle with his mental health, we had a difficult time…

A Question of Access

Access to quality treatment makes such a difference David and Ellen’s daughter, Devi, graduated from the Skyland Trail adult day treatment program six years ago.…

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Leigh & Madison

Time and Permission to Focus on Yourself “We decided to support the new scholarship at Skyland Trail because we wanted clients to know that all…

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