I wanted to share with you the much anticipated (and wonderful) news from the Department of Human Services. Below is a letter of thanks from Dr. Charles Lockwood, the President/CEO of Glade Run Lutheran Services.
“Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.” – Proverbs 15:30
Thank you for your prayers and support during these last few difficult months. Our combined prayers have been answered, and we are pleased to have good news to share with you.
Glade Run Lutheran Services and the Department of Human Services (DHS) have jointly signed a settlement agreement that will not only process pending licenses for new programming and the Isaiah Cottage building, but will allow Glade Run to continue operation of all cottages in the Annex building. A hearing will not be required, and Glade Run will continue full operation of all programs.
All of the information upon which DHS based their original decision was recently shared with us. This includes forensic interviews of youth allegedly involved in alleged events. This evidence substantiates that the information that was reported by the media was exaggerated and sensationalized. This does not mean that incidents cannot and do not occur when working with such a volatile population of traumatized youth. It is an unfortunate reality in our work, but we pride ourselves on our responsiveness and transparency.
Though we certainly would have preferred to have not had this experience, we have used this opportunity to implement additional and increased safety measures for our youth that are unmatched in our field. We appreciate the cooperation of DHS to arrive at a settlement agreement that will allow us to continue to provide these critical services for the benefit of our traumatized youth, and to continue the mission that Reverend William Passavant began 162 years ago.
What does this mean for our campaign and its projects, including Jeremiah Village? With the uncertainty of the residential treatment facility annex building’s future behind us, we are once again moving forward in full force, working with our partners to bring our vision and Glade Run’s future to life. New children continue to arrive at Glade Run, and our referral agencies are fully supportive. While it may take some time to recover from the damage caused by the negative publicity, we are determined to continue our transformation and meet the needs of those in our communities in ways that complement our mission and utilize our expertise.
We thank you once again for your support through this challenging time. We are blessed to have your support and prayers.
Gratefully, and with kind regards,
Pastor Charles T. Lockwood, Ed.D.
President/CEO, Glade Run Lutheran Services