Tribute to Larry

Larry & D Written by Release Board Member & Mentor Rick Bell The passing of Larry Shannon on July 31st 2019 affected me in ways that I continue to struggle with today. To say that Larry and I were best friends would be an understatement.  Larry and his...
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...
Foster Family Feature: Brittney and Edward

Foster Family Feature: Brittney and Edward

Brittney and Tank have been foster parents with Release for the past year. They have had five children placed with them in that time – four of whom are siblings and are currently placed with them. Brittney and Tank stay very busy! Through the fostering process,...