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. Address your letter to Elizabeth Alexander.

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, contact Elizabeth Alexander, director of the Grateful Families program.

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 Elizabeth Alexander.

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.

Sara C.

My Son, Tommy Skyland Trail gave my son back to me. It’s as simple as that. At age 21, Tommy had a mental health crisis…

James and Beth S

The Gift of a Future with Our Daughter Like many of the families who have been treated at Skyland Trail, we were surprised and unprepared…

Sue B helped her granddaughter find residential psychiatric treatment

Susan B

The Search for Hope I entered the mental health morass as the result of helping my daughter and her husband find a treatment program for…

Rob and Janine B are grateful for progress their daughter made in mental health treatment

Rob and Janine B

Skyland Trail was our family’s last resort to help our youngest daughter. We felt like we had tried everything and we did not know where…

Shauna M

Shauna M

We are a grateful family.  Our son started in the Skyland Trail day treatment program in 2014, after leaving college due to a major depressive episode.  Previously…

Neitcha T grateful family story

Neitcha T

The Power of Your Story “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will…

don and maryland mccarty alumni family story

Maryland and Don McCarty

The McCarty’s son, David, graduated from Skyland Trail in 2009. Since then, they have continued to stay connected as integral members of the Skyland Trail…

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