Love as an Action

Love as an Action

What do the group homes mean to me? As the chapter of Release’s residential program closes, I was approached with this question and I must say, I sit in a swirl of emotions as I write. How does one quantify the impact of something so profound, so involved, so...
History Provides a Compass for Tomorrow

History Provides a Compass for Tomorrow

Each moment we trek beyond serves as direction for the next. I can walk a path everyday, reading the Bible repeatedly within those days, just as an aspiring doctor can study every medical book ever printed, and at those times, I have only attained knowledge....
Love that Leaves the Light On

Love that Leaves the Light On

Becky and Garrett Swanberg were the first house parents for Release in 2004. Six years and twenty teenagers later, they left the role to make space for their growing family. Garrett continued to serve as the Supervisor of Homes, supporting the new house parents and...
Closing of a Season

Closing of a Season

In the summer of 2004, Release opened our first residential group home with the goal of supporting teens who were transitioning from the juvenile justice system and preparing them to live independently.  From family dinners to birthday parties, from graduations...
Mentor Perspective: Christine’s Story

Mentor Perspective: Christine’s Story

I have been mentoring a young girl for a little over a year now. The idea of mentoring was suggested to me when my youngest child went away to college.  The first time I met my mentee, I had so many thoughts about if I would have anything useful to offer...