LEWISTON – Renaissance House recently celebrated the completion of its remodeling project at an open house. The renovation was needed to accommodate the changing needs of its residents.

The program formerly worked with children ages 7 to 12 frequently in long-term care and in the custody of the state.

Renaissance House is now a community-based residential home that provides a home-like environment for teen girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who need a safe, therapeutic and supervised place to live. The program is goal-oriented and focuses on learning about responsibility and accountability.

In the long-term program, girls learn better ways of coping with their emotions and managing their behaviors. They are taught the skills needed to manage their emotions and behaviors, increase independent living skills and improve relationships using the dialectical behavioral therapy model.

Renaissance welcomes family involvement in sessions, from treatment planning to day-to-day activities such as helping a child with homework.

For more information or a referral, call 753-5437 or go to www.stmarysmaine.com.

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