Michael Jones, a Community Treatment Solutions (CTS) client, and therapeutic home provider Karen Pendleton were both honored at the 2016 New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families (NJACYF) Annual Conference at Rutgers University-Livingston.
Jones, a client in CTS’ TRAIL (Transitional Assisted Independent Living) program, was the recipient of a Ted Hamway Scholarship, which helps at-risk youth within any of the NJ Alliance’s member agencies fund their education after graduating from high school.
Jones, who is finishing up his senior year at Timber Creek High School, has always been a hard worker, maintaining excellent grades often while working two jobs. An entrepreneur, Michael started shoveling snow in the winter when he was 14 years old, while landscaping and running his own water ice stand in the summer. He has been accepted into the Gloucester County Community College Nursing Program, where he will begin his freshman year in the fall.
Pendleton, who was presented with the NJACYF Treatment Home Family of the Year award, has been a CTS provider since 2010. She is extremely dedicated to every youth placed in her home, where she provides a safe, secure and nurturing family environment. Considering all youth placed in her home part of her immediate and extended family, Karen has also remained in contact with many of the youth long after they have transitioned out of CTS.
CTS is proud of Karen and Michael for all of their accomplishments!