Group Residential Individualized Program (GRIP) was established in October 2001, with the notion to help young adolescents understand what quality of life can look like through lead management. This idea stems from Dr. Deming, and then further development by our friend, Dr. William Glasser.
GRIP is a not-for-profit organization that promotes Christian values. GRIP is privately owned. It is not operated by any government agency or any certain religious sect.
Since 2001, GRIP boy’s home has helped children learn life and independent living skills. Older children are taught how to budget, shop for groceries, cook meals, and, in some cases, hold down a job. Programs focus on healthy living and problem-solving.
We also teach our youths to live in a healthy family environment. They learn to overcome a chaotic background and behave appropriately. In the end, their performance at school is improved, they become more mature, and they have the skills necessary to succeed in life.
GRIP is guided by a Board of Directors, each of whom is dedicated to the agency vision to promote the independence and inclusion of each of our children in the GRIP community. We emphasize ability, not disability, and promote the belief that everyone can learn, everyone can make positive choices in his life, and everyone can contribute to the environment in which he lives.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of our youths are successfully discharged to their families, foster homes, adopted placement, or a less restrictive environment.
Choice Theory is an internal control psychology which contends that individuals are in complete control of their behavior and that behavior is never determined by events or people outside oneself.
Many people who struggle are living in what Dr. William Glasser calls external control psychology. This lack of control modality is the basis for much human misery. However, once the person learns that they can take control of their own lives, they become empowered with less stress, more trust, more self-confidence, and freedom to be who they want to be.
All behaviors are purposeful. They are meant to fulfill basic human needs, such as the need for love, power, freedom, fun, and survival. Many of those who choose to follow external control will choose to fulfill those needs in harmful ways. However, those who practice internal control are more likely to choose to fulfill those needs in socially and personally appropriate ways.
The path to internal control is by self-evaluation. This is essential to taking responsibility for our actions. This is the foundation from which GRIP operates.