Ladoga Academy wants to meet neighbors

Ladoga Academy wants to meet neighbors

There are 148 comments on the The Journal Review story from Oct 13, 2007, titled Ladoga Academy wants to meet neighbors. In it, The Journal Review reports that:

“Based on what I've heard, I think people's perception of us would be that we are a correctional facility”

It was a lesson emphasized in "To Kill A Mockingbird." Don't fear neighbors if you haven't met them. via The Journal Review

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Chad

Anderson, IN

#84 Apr 17, 2012
Now that I think of it, I think it was called Gallilee? Could still be wrong. heh
Dixie

Indianapolis, IN

#85 May 9, 2012
MsPurdy wrote:
I worked at LA twice... the first time i left was to have my daughter. it was my most favorite job! i loved each and every one of the girls i looked after every day! and yes, when the rule violations were in place, it was a more hands on facility, but MsHarmon changed things and made it so much better! it turned into a treatment facility like it was intended to be. i do agree we weren't paid enough for the work we did. but it was the most rewarding to me to know that i helped a girl that might have went down the wrong path. I know several young women that turned their life around and turned into wonderful people. i like to think i helped them to do that. i miss working there to be honest with you. MISS YOU GIRLS!!! MsPurdy
I dont know if I know your mother but I was there, Actually a graduated from there when they had their own school called Independence in 1988. It wasn't an easy place to live but it also wasnt just one groups fault that is was hard. I found most of the staff great when I was there. I remember having a problem with one staff member. I was kinda hoping to find Arleen K. She got married last time I seen her so she dont have the same last name now. Can you ask your mom I she knows her if she does just tell her to find Dixie on Facebook.
Dixie

Indianapolis, IN

#86 May 9, 2012
Irrelevant wrote:
I can't believe I'm seeing ex employees who are adults on here saying such things. Thankfully, the key term there is EX. These children need positive structure and love; regardless of your low hourly wage (which you agreed to before accepting employment). Most of them have committed crimes as a cry-out for attention, or because they are stuck in a vicious cycle of some sort.
I'm reading very heart-felt comments here from girls who have served time there...one is even apologizing to the neighbors. I have seen this facility and it's depressing. I would probably act-out, too, if I were in there!
Your lack of compassion is probably what got u kicked and spat at.
Spoken from one of the true adults that worked there!!!
Was just wandering if you knew me? I graduated from there in 1988
Dixie

Indianapolis, IN

#87 May 9, 2012
Curious wrote:
Were you dismissed, Ms Harmon?
Ms. Harmon,

Do you know anyone that worked at ICCH in 1988. I graduated from Independence. Southmontgomery can find anything that says I graduated. They have my grades and credits but the college I'm going needs something signed saying I graduacted in May of 1988. If I don't get it by the 19th there are going to dismiss me from college. Do you know anyone that can help me.

Sincerely
Dixie
Dixie

Indianapolis, IN

#88 May 9, 2012
Suniti Sharma wrote:
I agree with with Ms. Harmon. I worked as an English teacher at Ladoga Academy for 6 years and although the toughest environment I ever worked in, it was also one of the most rewarding. Working with dozens of students with multiple challenges is not easy and Ms. Harmon and other admin. worked in the best possible way to do a fine job with limited funds, limited freedom, and adolescents with unlimited issues. As an employee, I know CMC had to make tough decisions and I know many students were helped tremendously through their stay at Ladoga. So to all the ex-employees who chose to work at Ladoga and continue to complain - believe me if you complain in one job, chances are you are unhappy in your present job too. And to the students who were unhappy at Ladoga - if you were unhappy there, you should be. Ladoga Academy was a juvenile detention/ treatment facility with a heart, so grow up - your complains indicate we did many things right to help you. After all you are not supposed to be celebrating when you are under juvenile treatment. So move on, give credit where due, and reflect on the changes you can see within you.
I'm looking for staff that was there in 1988. Do you know any
pete student

Frankfort, IN

#89 May 22, 2012
Chad G wrote:
It's sounds as though this place has changed quite a bit. I was there back when it was called "ICCH" or Indiana Childrens Christian Home. If memory serves me, it was 1995-1996. Back then it was co-ed in a sense, with both girls and boys on campus. My house was the first boys dorm on the right when turning into campus, right past the Church at that time. Back then things were a little different.
I was there in 94 stayed for a year and a half hated it while i was there but the staff at that time were good people and i have alot of good memories there I was there when we landscaped the hill and put the heart with hands in it i started out in eden second house on the left moved to jordan third on the left then to galalee first on the right i would like to hear from the pastor mark goins if anyone knows how to reach him please have him contact me peteshelton927@yahoo.com i dont know that any one would know him. sounds like everyone here is from when it changed from ICCH .
I was there in 94 stayed for a year and a half hated it while i was there but the staff at that time were good people and i have alot of good memories there I was there when we landscaped the hill and put the heart with hands in it i started out in eden second house on the left moved to jordan third on the left then to galalee first on the right i would like to hear from the pastor mark goins if anyone knows how to reach him please have him contact me peteshelton927@yahoo.com i dont know that any one would know him. sounds like everyone here is from when it changed from ICCH
Treanna Gillard

Indianapolis, IN

#90 May 24, 2012
I was there from December 05-June 06. It was ok while I was there.We had fun sometimes, I guess it went down hill sometime after I left. There was 1 riot that I remember & a few time when some girls ran away. What I didn't like was that some of the staff told parents that it wasn't a hands on facility.When they did have to put people in a hold they did use alot of force. Ms. Sharma & the science teacher were the best. I'd have to say that Ms. Labarge (don,t think I spelt it right)was the best staff member. I liked my time there & meet some people that I won't forget. glad to see some of you are doing well.
Chad G

Anderson, IN

#91 May 26, 2012
pete student wrote:
<quoted text>I was there in 94 stayed for a year and a half hated it while i was there but the staff at that time were good people and i have alot of good memories there I was there when we landscaped the hill and put the heart with hands in it i started out in eden second house on the left moved to jordan third on the left then to galalee first on the right i would like to hear from the pastor mark goins if anyone knows how to reach him please have him contact me peteshelton927@yahoo.com i dont know that any one would know him. sounds like everyone here is from when it changed from ICCH
Pete, you arrived in 94, and didn't get out until 96? Around that age were you a skinny little guy? I think I might remember you.

I don't know what became of Mark Goins. I believe were talking about the same minister, long brown hair wore half in a pony tail a lot, smiled 24/7?
pete student

Frankfort, IN

#92 May 26, 2012
Chad G wrote:
<quoted text>
Pete, you arrived in 94, and didn't get out until 96? Around that age were you a skinny little guy? I think I might remember you.
I don't know what became of Mark Goins. I believe were talking about the same minister, long brown hair wore half in a pony tail a lot, smiled 24/7?
ya thats him is your name garrison
pete student

Frankfort, IN

#93 May 26, 2012
Chad G wrote:
<quoted text>
Pete, you arrived in 94, and didn't get out until 96? Around that age were you a skinny little guy? I think I might remember you.
I don't know what became of Mark Goins. I believe were talking about the same minister, long brown hair wore half in a pony tail a lot, smiled 24/7?
i was 12
Chad G

Anderson, IN

#94 May 30, 2012
No its not Garrison.

Yeah I remember who you are. I was 15 when I was there. I was discharged just before my 16th birthday. I think I was level 3d or 4a maybe higher when I left, I remember being the highest level on campus.
Former Staff

Lafayette, IN

#95 Jun 1, 2012
First and foremost I would like to say that I loved working at Ladoga. When you think about placement facilities like this, you have to keep in mind that none of them are perfect. You also need to keep in mind that you shouldn't over-generalize all the staff by saying that they were all abusive and there for the wrong reasons. I was a supportive, kind, understanding, consistent, and intelligent female staff. I genuinely cared for every student that was there, and still do. I can't speak for all the staff, because I wasn't there 24 hours a day, but I do know that I did not witness abuse on my shifts. I often ran the control operating room, so I saw everything. If anything ever looked suspicious, I reported it, regardless of if it was a student or a staff. I did NOT stand by any type of abuse while I was there. I even saw employees get terminated because they were overly abrasive and/or borderline abusive towards the girls. I hated seeing the kids treated too rough, but the normal procedures for securing an out of control kid was to put them in restraints. Yes, there were staff members who abused their rights at times, but that was the exception not the rule. I only put my hands on a kid if they were endangering themselves or others. I LOVED working with them. I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could.

One thing I did notice after reading through all the comments was that some people don't understand what it is like to work with children and young adults like the ones at Ladoga. They were all there for different reasons, and they varied in severity. Some girls were harmless and complied with the rules while others were much more challenging. I knew what I was getting myself into when I started working there, and I always had a positive attitude even through the duration of my employment. I treated the residents with respect, no matter their backgrounds. They respected me as well, and when I had something to say or when I had to discipline them they listened to me. I wasn't over-bearing or un-fair. You get what you put into anything in life. I helped a lot of girls while I was there.

It's a tricky thing working with troubled kids, and not everyone knows how to balance everything right. It requires patience,understanding, consistency, and discipline. Some people were never cut out for the job in the first place, and that type of career has a way of weeding people out.

I do have a message to former residents though, who say how horrible their experience was. You guys have to remember that you were placed there for a reason. If you didn't listen, were mouthy, aggressive... then sometimes you had to be consequenced. Yes, some staff did chose favorites, but that is just human instinct sometimes. I always remained neutral with all the girls, and tried to give everyone equal respect. Regardless of how they treated me, I showed no favoritism. How would you learn to function properly without that structure? I mean no offense by this, but what did you expect when you came in? It wasn't some luxury hotel where you could just come in and do whatever you wanted, it was a placement facility necessary to teach you how to function better. It was meant to teach you that if you continued your behaviors, you would end up in a prison far worse than this. It wasn't supposed to be fun. It's a lesson that everyone has to learn in life. Not everyone acted up while there. The reasons for being there were varied, and sometimes I didn't agree with why some kids were there. I think that Ladoga was a place for severely troubled kids. Not for a placement until somewhere opened up for foster kids, truancy, or the like. Those types of reasons should have been dealt with accordingly. This type of facility just exposed normal, well behaved, kids with unfortunate circumstances to negative surroundings. Some kids had never been around people who cursed, were suicidal, or aggressive. That was the real problem with Ladoga, and other places like this.
pete student

Frankfort, IN

#96 Jun 12, 2012
Chad G wrote:
No its not Garrison.
Yeah I remember who you are. I was 15 when I was there. I was discharged just before my 16th birthday. I think I was level 3d or 4a maybe higher when I left, I remember being the highest level on campus.
were you always n roller blades?
pete student

Frankfort, IN

#97 Jun 12, 2012
Chad G wrote:
No its not Garrison.
Yeah I remember who you are. I was 15 when I was there. I was discharged just before my 16th birthday. I think I was level 3d or 4a maybe higher when I left, I remember being the highest level on campus.
on roller blades?
pete student

Frankfort, IN

#98 Jun 12, 2012
Former Staff wrote:
First and foremost I would like to say that I loved working at Ladoga. When you think about placement facilities like this, you have to keep in mind that none of them are perfect. You also need to keep in mind that you shouldn't over-generalize all the staff by saying that they were all abusive and 24 hours a day, but I do know that I did not witness abuse on my shifts. I often ran the control operating room, so I saw everything. If anything ever looked suspicious, I reported it, regardless of if it was a student or a staff. I did NOT stand by any type of abuse while I was there. I even saw employees get terminated because they were overly abrasive and/or borderline abusive towards the girls. I hated seeing the kids treated too rough, but the normal procedures for securing an out of control kid was to put them in restraints. Yes, there were staff members who abused their rights at times, but that was the exception not the rule. I only put my hands on a kid if they were endangering themselves or others. I LOVED working with them. I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could.
One thing I did notice after reading through all the comments was that some people don't understand what it is like to work with children and young adults like the ones at Ladoga. They were all there for different reasons, and they varied in severity. Some girls were harmless and complied with the rules while others were much more challenging. I knew what I was getting myself into when I started working there, and I always had a positive attitude even through the duration of my employment. I treated the residents with respect, no matter their backgrounds. They respected me as well, and when I had something to say or when I had to discipline them they listened to me. I wasn't over-bearing or un-fair. You get what you put into anything in life. I helped a lot of girls while I was there.
It's a tricky thing working with troubled kids, and not everyone knows how to balance everything right. It requires patience,understanding, consistency, and discipline. Some people were never cut out for the job in the first place, and that type of career has a way of weeding people out.
I do have a message to former residents though, who say how horrible their experience was. You guys have to remember that you were placed there for a reason. If you didn't listen, were mouthy, aggressive... then sometimes you had to be consequenced. Yes, some staff did chose favorites, but that is just human instinct sometimes. I always remained neutral with all the girls, and tried to give everyone equal respect. Regardless of how they treated me, I showed no favoritism. How would you learn to function properly without that structure? I mean no offense by this, but what did you expect when you came in? It wasn't some luxury hotel where you could just come in and do whatever you wanted, it was a placement facility necessary to teach you how to function better. It was meant to teach you that if you continued your behaviors, you would end up in a prison far worse than this. It wasn't supposed to be fun. It's a lesson that everyone has to learn in life. Not everyone acted up while there. The reasons for being there were varied, and sometimes I didn't agree with why some kids were there. I think that Ladoga was a place for severely troubled kids. Not for a placement until somewhere opened up for foster kids, truancy, or the like. Those types of reasons should have been dealt with accordingly. This type of facility just exposed normal, well behaved, kids with unfortunate circumstances to negative surroundings. Some kids had never been around people who cursed, were suicidal, or aggressive. That was the real problem with Ladoga, and other places like this.
Is this Mr. Hicks?
Chad G

Anderson, IN

#99 Jun 19, 2012
pete student wrote:
<quoted text> on roller blades?
No. There was another Chad in our house that roller bladed, and the house next to ours, Nate Conrad, he use to roller blade a lot.
Dave Ledbetter

Las Vegas, NV

#100 Jun 23, 2012
I lived at ICCH from 1973 - 1977. It would be great to hear from some of you that were there during that time.

kycolonel@hotmail.com

Since: Jul 12

Paris, IL

#101 Jul 3, 2012
I was there in the mid 90$.... I was in jordan house ....pete sheldon I know u ..this is darrell....... anyone else that was there in the mid 90$.......get at me ........ddtb1979@aol.com...... ..

Since: Jul 12

Paris, IL

#102 Jul 3, 2012
Before the academy wrote:
Stop crying before that stupid academy it was Indiana children's Christian home in the mid 90's and I was there 3 yrs and it was way worse than what that academy did I ran 6 times and you don't want to know the punishment when caught. That academy was weak..... PERIOD!
I was there in the mid 90$ what's your name. This is darrell from the house of jordan. Yes darrell aka the best baller to step foot on icch grounds.
Chad G

Anderson, IN

#103 Jul 9, 2012
I'm trying to remember who you are Darrell. I was there in the mid 90's, however I was only there for 9 months. I'm trying to remember if it was 94-95 or 95-96.

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