From the CEO and Board Chair Letter
The children, youth, and families we serve face profound trauma, challenging behaviors, and
emotional difficulties that make the future uncertain. Many have been offered other treatment
options that have been unable to meet their specific needs. Many have struggled to stay in
school or at home, even with good parental support. But we don’t give up. We work intensely
with families and instill hope that things will get better. Last year, we helped 3,300 children and
families heal the past, break the cycle, and change the future. We provided MORE when other
help was not enough.
Our new affiliation with PATH, a provider of foster care and adoption services, broadened Nexus’
geographic area to North Dakota and Idaho, and provided us with more opportunities to
address the urgent and growing need for foster care and community mental health services.
We continue to focus heavily on family stability. We know that kids do better in their homes and
communities, so we work to get children back into a family setting as soon as possible. Last year,
more than half of the children leaving our residential treatment and foster care services were
able to resolve enough emotional, behavioral, and family issues to go back home or to another
family setting and remain safely in the home.
Due to severe trauma and related symptoms that our clients experience, we continue to expand
our evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment and have started to track long-term results.
We also have an eye on the future for the children and youth in our care. They need job skills to
find stable employment, and we have embarked on robust vocational education programming
to help them learn skills that can provide economic stability.
But none of this would have happened without your support. Our donors provided resources to
license and train more foster parents so our youth have more family options and to grow and
build vocational programming options. You help us live our mission of changing the course of a
child’s life by stabilizing families and strengthening mental health.
We are so grateful to all of our donors, volunteers, legislators, foster families, staff, and community
partners for helping us fulfill our mission in 2017. With your continued support, imagine what we
can do together next year!
Changing one life really does change everything.
Nexus Board Chair
Dr. Michelle K. Murray
Nexus CEO, President