The following are examples of what students, parents, and professionals have said about the SUWS experience. If you would like to speak with the parent of a SUWS student, we’d be happy to arrange that conversation. Just contact our Admissions Office at 888-879-7897 or 208-866-2565.
I realized that SUWS did not make me into anything. It just relieved me of who I am not, and revealed to me who I am.”
“I credit SUWS with all the success I had with my family and my direction when I finally got there. So thank you. Thank you for helping a daughter be a daughter her parents could be proud of. Thank you for allowing me to take with me an unfaltering sense of strength that has gotten me though my whole life and most recently the untimely death of my father. Thank you MOST of all for making me sure I never wasted a minute with him or my mother ever again. I am 27 now. When I was so lost and angry you and SUWS helped me find me, so that is why 10 years later there is a little bit of appreciation for you in every happy memory I have of my dad. Thank you for that.”
“I completed the SUWS program in Idaho in August of 2000. SUWS was the single most difficult and emotionally testing time I have ever experienced, and I have also come to view it as the most rewarding. I strongly believe in the work being done by those who coordinate the SUWS program.”
“I went through your program when I was 15 yrs old, I am now 32. I truly believe in this program and wanted to share with any reluctant parent out there my experience. I was a run away, rebelious teen with a major attitude and respect problem when I was shipped to a little town called Bliss in Idaho. After going through this program, I had a 100% turn around. Today, I have a wonderful family, and a good life. I look back fondly on those days and wouldn’t trade it for the world. I believe I wouldn’t be who I am today if my parents didn’t send me there.”
“What is noteworthy about SUWS is that they are in the business strictly to help the student and parents for a short-term stay. SUWS is excellent at breaking the present patterns, removing the child from his or her unhealthy environment, and breaking down the barriers of denial, resistance, and destructive behavior. SUWS does not pretend to be the only cure, but rather an important step in helping the child receive help. The SUWS Program gives everyone time to plan the next step.”
“As a medical professional, I’ve seen lots of programs for teens, and I’ve heard lots of promises. SUWS is the only one I know of that truly makes a positive difference. I use SUWS not only as an intervention step, but I rely upon their staff for the insight to help me understand how best to help families make the healthiest choices for the long run.”
“These programs work because they cut straight to the core, the foundation of the challenges, self-discovery, self-worth, accountability and survival. The kids leave SUWS with a new found sense of self, and understanding that they are responsible for their own lives.”
“I must admit I was skeptical whether the SUWS experience would achieve all that was claimed, so it was with some trepidation that we traveled to meet our daughter. What an incredible surprise! Her personality had turned from a rebellious, uncaring, self-destructive and noncompliant problem into a warm, caring, decent 14-year-old child. For the first time in more than two years she hugged us with tears in her eyes and told us she loved us and really meant it. The work you do with children is incredible. You have my utmost respect and undying gratitude.”
“My son is now the student activity head, is getting his college applications out in a timely manner, and just returned from Presidential classroom in Washington DC, where he says he really found his passion-Politics/Poly-Sci. He is planning on majoring in this in college. He is hopeful for his future (whereas he had no hope pre-SUWS). He has plans and aspirations, when he had none before. It was as if he was a cork on an open sea before SUWS, but now he appears to steaming into his future. And as he told me, “MOM, I AM GOING TO BE SOMEBODY SOMEDAY!”"
“You gave us our son back! I prayed for this day to come. He has his smile back and is our caring, loving boy again. He thanked us for getting him help. He is very open about where he was and is very proud of his accomplishment.”