Not only is Taft Successful in rehabilitating students but please take a moment and put yourself in the minds of the mothers and fathers of these students. They are thinking that their child will always be in trouble and never be anywhere but prison. When they get to Taft, they get turned around; get their GED and often a chance for college or the military. Now all of a sudden this mother and father that had no hope for their child now have a glimmer of hope that their child will now become something good. This all happened because their child went to Taft.
Also, in the past when we get students from the Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville area we can teach them how to get along with each other. But you take students from Memphis and send them to Nashville and they will not get along. The same is true when you take students from Nashville to Knoxville. Taft has always been the only place that could take students from all three of the other institutions, make them mind, and teach them how to work with other cities youth.
Taft Always takes the worst of the worst and makes the best out of them that we can. Why would anyone want to close a place doing this god for the community?
Taft has also been forced to take in refugees from former downsizings, namely of the group homes about 3 years ago. One that was taken in has found a good home amongst the other employees and is doing well. Now the turbulence of dismantling the group homes is coming around again and bringing undue stress once more to this employee. Not that he’s alone, all the staff have been held under this threat of closure for a long time and it’s getting nerve wracking.
Have a good day.