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EAGLES NEST CENTER INC

www.eaglesnestcenter.org Tax ID 05-0533084

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Mission
The Eagle's Nest Center is a not-for-profit organization created to help people of all races and nations co-exist in a peaceful manner by focusing on issues like fear, anger, guilt and shame associated with social problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, family violence and depression. Our goal is to provide services that address these issues through Native American based spiritual perspective.

It is clear that a place is needed where youth can be comfortable, learning life skills in a drug and alcohol free environment.

After young adults leave recovery centers, many of them return to a home life where alcohol and drugs are still used by other family members or have no home at all.

Volunteer efforts helped ENC evolve into a place with a good reputation that supports youth through:
* Educational and experiential opportunities
* Life skills and job training
* Housing
* Spirituality through traditional teachings.
These efforts promote self-sufficiency in underserved youth by addressing all aspects of their health: Mind, Body, Emotions and Spirituality.
Through addressing these needs we:
* Empower youth to further their education
* Enter and retain jobs
* Enhance their communications and life skills
* Thereby reducing welfare dependency and promoting stronger future civic and cultural bases.
The second part of Eagle’s Nest Center is our Restorative Justice Program.
Restorative Justice 1) Holds offenders accountable by increasing their awareness of the effects their actions have on all victims and giving them opportunities to repair the harm.

2) Includes the community in the response to the offense and 3) Develops the skills and competencies of the offenders so that they will not offend again and so that they can be productive members of society.
Think of a young person committing a crime; let’s say riding in a stolen car that he/she knew was stolen. What should happen to that person as a consequence?
If you think about punishing this person, you are using the punitive approach. If you think in terms of the best interest of the young person and that he/she needs services like counseling, you’re using the individual treatment approach. But, if you think about the harm to the victims of the crime, including the car owner and the parents of the young person, as well as giving the young person a chance to repair the harm plus develop his/her skills and competencies, you’re approaching this case with a restorative justice philosophy.

You first consider how you can hold the offenders accountable for their offense. This means that you think about how the offender has harmed all the victims, including the direct victims like the owner of the car, their family, the family of the offender, and then the community as a whole.

You next think about what the offender needs to become a more productive member of society.
Finally, when you think about involving the community in the disposition, you have addressed all three goals of restorative justice.

The third and final part of our mission statement is our Cultural work. We seek to pass traditional Native American values and principles on to the youth. We also promote the importance of traditional language, culture and ceremonies. This is accomplished by bringing together elders with young people who are seeking to learn, in a mentoring relationship.

Annually, we also sponsor a spring gathering. Four days are spent sharing cultural values and traditions. The purpose is to provide a positive cross cultural understanding.


Key Facts
Target demographics:
Eagle's Nest Center, Inc is commited to helping at-risk youth and young adults no matter where they come from.

Results to date:
We have spent much of our past year developing an outdoors education program for at-risk youth, as well as replicating a holistic recovery program. We have donated beds, a mini-van and wood stove to families that could'nt provide for themselves...