In 1972, John Speck, a local tax attorney who had a profound interest in juvenile reform, asked himself the question “How does one re-orient juveniles so they can become positive and productive citizens?” From that question, Speck Homes for Boys was started. The goal of the program was and is “A program that could teach them what was expected and required of them in this society, provide the tools of understanding needed to live in this society as a normal and successful person.”
Since the goal of Mr. Speck, the boys’ home has served more than 2500 youth over a period of 45 years. We still hold true to that goal; giving boys the tools to have a normal and successful life.
Speck Homes began as a 10 beds program and has grown over the years to 52 beds. During this time Speck Homes has maintained a loyal staff, making the program unique. We have several staff members with more than 30 years of service.
The Mission of Speck Homes for Boys’ is to aid adolescent males in creating better lives, despite coming from hard places. We believe through coaching, supporting and connecting with our youth, we can help restore their sense of earned security and hope for the future. We aspire to achieve this by providing trauma, cognitive behavioral-based therapies, education, social skills development, basic living, spiritual wellbeing and independent living skills. Our youth can learn to live happy and meaningful lives. We believe that every youth can be restored by having a safe, welcoming and caring atmosphere to live in, we are committed to providing this environment.
Our core values are:
• Respect for the dignity of every individual
• Caring, compassion and support for individuals and families
• A focus on the enhancement of well-being for all individuals served
• A level of service that meets or exceeds expectations