Sara’s Story

  Sara*, 14, escaped from human trafficking and returned home, where she and her family found the help they so desperately needed at Klingberg. Here is their story… *Not her real name....

Webster House Teens Go to Prom

Proms are special events, and they raise many questions for the teens involved about dates, clothing, venue, music, etc. Mix in obstacles such as social anxiety, medical issues, financial deficits, minimal family supports, or sensory sensitivities, and these questions are even more important. The Webster House Medically Complex Group Home had four teens attend prom while navigating all of these important questions, and they handled the experience with grace, poise, and the best of their coping abilities. It was a positive experience for everyone, including the adults who love and care for them. Three of our young men attended the Raymond Hill School prom on May 13th, while one of our young ladies attended her New Britain High School prom on May 20th.  Ensuring that each student’s prom experience was special and magical was the number one goal, requiring various individualized interventions. One of our youth perseverated on the wardrobe selection and whether or not he would be comfortable wearing a shirt, tie, and dress pants due to various reasons including sensory sensitivities. At one point he insisted that he would be more comfortable in basketball shorts and that he assumed his date would not mind.  With the help of three Webster House maternal figures, whom he joked were “nagging and fussing over him,” he was able to select a formal but comfortable outfit that matched his date’s dress and yet still allowed him to bring down the house with his dance moves. Another young man who was conscious of his budgeted prom attire allowance was able to thrift shop with the assistance of one of our male staff. He purchased a shirt, pants, shoes, jacket, and tie on a budget, and ended up winning the award for “Best Dressed” at the prom! He looked especially elegant...