Growing With The Need

Kathleen Reynolds, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Generations, was inspired and challenged by former SC State Senator Nell Smith to put an end to the generations of troubled children who were growing up in locked residential institutions. An increasing number of “system’s kids” were emerging; many of them troubled and abused teens who frequently disrupted foster placements and traditional group care. Most alarming was the terrible cycle of sexual abuse that was being repeated by these boys. Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse issues had to be addressed to stop this cycle. 


Generations’ goal was to create a warm home-like setting in which to provide specialized services for these sexually abusive behavior problems. Committed to community safety, the Horizons High Management program was created in April 1991 with an increased staff to resident ratio and a positive-peer based milieu without fences, locks, or isolation rooms.  This initial program served 12 troubled boys. After turning down 42 boys in the first year, Generations increased capacity to serve 20 boys by the end of 1992. In 1995, the Horizons program expanded again to add a step-down program for another 12 boys. 

In 1998, the Bridges campus was added to provide services to 26 additional boys, all placed by the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Fall of 2011 the third campus, Pathways PRTF, opened.  This psychiatric residential treatment facility helps up to 30 more children who are unable to function in their community, or in a group home setting due to complex needs.

Today, after some restructuring of the Horizons Campus, Generations has the total capacity to serve 76 children in three nationally accredited programs.  Over 800 boys have been placed and received services that transformed their lives. Recent outcomes continue to show a 98% success rate, and due, in part to how our staff serves as a “surrogate family”, our residents as the “children”, and the entire program its own “community”.  No matter what the event in the child’s life, we must be present and consistent if we expect our boys to believe in change and progress successfully. Generations provides that unique environment offering a true second chance while promoting lasting change for “no more victims.”