Some days, as I sit at Montvale working, I think about how the journey to this place began. One might ask, why did Harmony Adoptions, now Harmony Family Center, buy a camp? How does that fit into our mission? Well, the initial answer is that we knew that this would allow us to expand our services to adoptive families. We have been doing in-home therapy for over 10 years. About 4 years ago we began doing equine therapy with the kids, but had to go to an outside barn for this. Then, one day the opportunity arose to purchase the old YMCA summer Camp Montvale.
Suddenly the possibilities available became endless! We created a new program, with cutting edge protocols, that we could use with our families. Now we could bring them in for a weekend: the whole family and work with them in this remarkable, peaceful space. The results have been absolutely amazing. Adoptive children and families connecting in a way never before hoped for.
But then I’ve seen something else. I’ve seen the incredible transformation of a truly historic property, from a sad, abandoned place, to the beautiful, garden-like place that Montvale is today. I’ve also seen how Montvale reaches the very soul of everyone who comes here. I’ve seen the kids in the creek, catching crawdads and building dams. I’ve seen families playing in the pool, shooting hoops and playing volleyball together for hours. I’ve seen countless people, old and young, who have a history with Montvale, come back. I’ve watched them walk around the field, picking ups sticks and rocks, with the most peaceful smiles on their faces, remembering what an impact Montvale had on their lives.
And so, I realize, Montvale IS a perfect fit for Harmony. It totally fulfills our mission to serve children and families – only now in an incredibly expanded way. And it makes me happy to think of my small role in the transformation of Montvale – along with our staff and hundreds of volunteers. What we are doing here matters, and it will make a difference!