Our History And Philosophy
Dragonfly Founders’ Vision and Philosophy
Mona Treadway and Glenn White, Dragonfly founders, have over 40 years of combined experience working with adolescents and adults in the outdoors and other therapeutic settings, including those who struggle with depression, substance abuse, emotional or physical abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, identity issues, grief, and loss. After witnessing the positive changes participants experienced through the enhanced self-worth, increased communication skills, and fitness achieved through wilderness experiences; Glenn and Mona were determined to bring these life-enriching experiences to a wider circle of people.
In June 2000, Mona and Glenn founded Dragonfly Adventures based on a belief that the outdoors is an effective vehicle for growth, awareness, self-discovery and change. At Dragonfly, we believe the wilderness should be used to enhance people’s lives and relationships. We strive to provide an environment of respect, compassion, support and challenge where young people and their families can discover their strengths, develop their talents and move towards a successful future.
While guiding therapeutic adventures, we found that a number of young adults participating in the Dragonfly Adventures program needed a safe, supportive environment in which to continue their personal growth and transition to independence. In June 2002 Dragonfly expanded to include Dragonfly Transitions, a 9-12 month independent living, and personal development experience for young adults. Transitions is for young adults struggling with maturation or motivational challenges, often coupled with substance abuse recovery, providing a fresh start in a small, manageable environment affords them an opportunity to try on new perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors as they mature and move towards healthy independence.
In August of 2008 Dragonfly Adventures ran their last 21-day therapeutic trip and officially closed. Mona and Glenn felt the Transitions program needed their undivided attention. Dragonfly TRANSITIONS continues to utilize the outdoors and provides many recreational opportunities for the students.
Licensure / Certifications / Professional Affiliations
Dragonfly Transitions is licensed through the Department of Human Services in the State of Oregon as a Transitional Living Shelter. Dragonfly has been a member of the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) since 2005. Dragonfly Transitions has been a member of the Independent Small Program Alliance (ISPA) since the fall of 2007.