What is the history of The Fold?
The Fold became incorporated in 1967. Earl Eldredge, The Fold's founder, had a passion to reach youth for Christ so that they would not go down the destructive path of using drugs and alcohol to cope with life struggles. Originally, The Fold worked with children of all ages, state wards and the mentally handicapped. From 1968 – 1989, The Fold purchased our current boys' home, girls' home, school building, office building and retreat center. The Fold's growth really accelerated in 1983-84 when The Fold ended its partnership with public schools and opened its own Christian school for teens. In the late 1980's The Fold's vision sharpened to working exclusively with teenagers. Since then the program has grown, developed and become more and more effective in serving hurting teens and families.
Is there a dress code?
For the most part, our dress code is simply situationally appropriate and modest. In the homes this is often jeans and t-shirts. The school does have a basic dress code which includes khaki pants and a polo shirt. (This will be discussed in greater detail on the interview day.)
What is your "success rate"?
We recognize that change is a process and that God is ultimately the One who changes lives. We also recognize that Fold staff have the privilege of playing a compassionate and active role as helpers and mentors in communicating instruction and hope for emotionally troubled teens. Our motto states: "We are committed to providing a new beginning for emotional healing, education and personal growth in a safe and caring environment." Therefore, we count it a success if we have opportunity to provide this environment and speak God’s truth into the lives of young people who choose to participate in our program.
Does The Fold accept insurance?
Some health insurances may help cover the counseling portion of the charges. This would only be possible if the student was already using out-patient counseling. The companies that offer to pay are few and require a lot of work on the parents, because our counseling is Christian based.
How much does the program cost?
Are teens allowed to have electronic devices such as cell phones and i-pods? How about internet access?
The Fold is grace based, and so we do not not believe having more or less electronics, music, toys, etc. will in itself bring someone closer to God. We do have many rules in place to direct students to finding personal value and identity in Christ. The rules provide safety by which the teen can experience healing from their past hurts. Some of the rules are applicable for the entirety of their stay, others are reduced or removed as they demonstrate maturity. Ultimately, our desire is not to see the students take our rules home with them, but to put their own healthy boundaries in place based on their own needs. (This topic will be discussed in more detail on interview day.)
What activities do the teens participate in? Any sports?
- Community Service
- Life Skills
- Informal sports (e.g. basketball, softball, swimming)
What counseling model is used? Do you offer group therapy?
- We use a Christ-centered, discipleship based, biblical Counseling approach. Teens meet regularly with a staff counselor trained to use the Exchanged Life or Grace Life model. Typically we do not offer group therapy, the exception being for family sessions.
- The underlying focus and goal of our counseling is to provide teens with an understanding of their identity in Christ and then address behaviors and wounded areas from that standpoint.
Are credits earned at Cornerstone Christian School transferable?
Generally, yes. We are a recognized school in Vermont and our curriculum is accredited. Transferability, though, is sometimes dependent on the receiving school rather than on our accreditation.
My child has an IEP. Can Cornerstone Christian School accommodate?
Generally speaking, yes; however, each child's IEP is evaluated on interview day to ensure their specific needs can be met.
What church do the teens attend?
Teens regularly attend our local church, Lyndon Bible Church, which is also non-denominational. Occasionally they may have opportunities to visit other churches.
Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?
No. We are non-denominational and minister to people from many different denominations. Our Doctrinal Statement can be found HERE.
How often will I get to visit my child?
The Fold recognizes and desires for parents to connect regularly with their children. It also recognizes the value of respite for the parents while their children are living with us. For these reasons, and others, The Fold has four two-week home visits scheduled a year (one each quarter). During the home visit your child will be living with you and reconnecting with family in deeper ways.
Where are you located?
What if my teen doesn't want to enter a program?
If your teen is unsure or seemingly uninterested in the program do not be discouraged. This is common. The interview process is designed to help familiarize the family and teen with who we are and what we're all about. Often this changes their perspective. There is no commitment required at that point which allows the teen to process through the decision without added anxiety. If you have further questions about this please contact us at 802-626-5620.
What is the program's length?
The average length of stay is 14 months; however, the program length is heavily dependent on student and family involvement. Graduation from the program is a group decision made by parents, child, and Fold staff.
Is my child a good candidate for The Fold's program?
The application and interview process will answer this question thoroughly, however here are some common features found in families we serve:
- Teen has awareness of his or her need, even if the awareness is quite small.
- The teen has already experienced some level of brokenness.
- Parents are looking to stay involved with their child rather than "ship-them-off."
- The family desires to reconcile and move forward.
- The family considers themselves Christians or readily open to Christianity.
- Parents are willing to make changes in their own lives in order to best support their marriage, child, and family.