In June 2000, Mona Treadway and Glenn White, a husband and wife team founded Dragonfly Adventures. It was a customized wilderness program for individuals and families, based on the belief that the outdoors is an effective vehicle for growth, awareness, self-discovery, and change. It quickly became evident there was a need for a young adult transitions program located within a community setting. Two years later, Dragonfly Transitions was born and has continued to expand and evolve over the years.
In August 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 students. In 2010, Mona and Glenn added A Leap of Taste and Aerie Acre – all in the spirit of experiential education and to provide increased opportunities to Dragonfly students.
In 2012, Dragonfly added The Homestead, which can house eight men and sits on 30 acres. The Homestead offers a “softer” landing for students coming from wilderness or other residential settings.n 2014, Dragonfly expanded to Ashland, Oregon. The Ashland campus can house up to 11 students, men and women. Students on the Ashland campus have demonstrated readiness and motivation to continue their growth and development with increased independence. Ashland is located just 70-miles from Klamath Falls. It is a vibrant and unique community offering a variety of experiences from performing, visual, and culinary arts, to education, wellness, and outdoor recreation.
Dragonfly Transitions strives 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. We emphasize proper nutrition, exercise, emotional growth, substance/technology abuse education, living skills, education, future life goals, honesty, respect, balance, and a strong work ethic. We believe each person is a unique individual and treatment plans are tailored to meet individual needs.
The young adult struggling with mental health, emotional or motivation issues is uniquely challenged. Often the familiar home environment makes it difficult for a young adult to continue their growth and progress. Living in a new community with a supportive and structured environment allows young adults to mature and move towards positive independence. Dragonfly students do need to be at a level where they are ready to manage the temptations and opportunities a town setting can offer.