Core Values

Gaining Ground

 Our actions will be consistent with our words and intentions. The At Risk youth and adult population social services, community schools, juvenile justice center and volunteers are who we serve. Gaining Ground will manage the programs by serving every level of the organization and manage donations with the highest integrity. The success of Gaining Ground is defined by life change not only in At Risk youth but in the dedication of individuals who volunteer.

  • Gaining Ground puts the need of At Risk youth  and adults first

  • We believe in the potential for all youth is to grow and change

  • We value, respect and have the highest integrity for our volunteers and donations

  • We honor the unique process of each individual to meet their challenges and make their own choices for creating health and well-being

  • We understand that each individual exist within the context of a family and we work holistically to foster healthy relationships

  • We meet the youth where they are, listen with compassion, honor differences and build on strengths

  • Youth are our present and future and Gaining Ground supports our youth and adults


Straight From The Source


I want to write about a subject that’s close to my heart. I have a daughter that suffers from mental illness her diagnosis is Paranoid Schizophrenia along with a drug addiction to Crack Cocaine. Due to her dual diagnosis it has made it extremely hard to reach her.

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I’ve seen so many men out there who have no respect for women, much less for their own wife or girlfriend. I have issues with this especially because I watched my step father beat my mother everyday hitting her even with belts and extension cords. 

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Gaining Ground believes that addiction is related to a number of factors that are influenced by psychological, environmental and social factors.  Gaining Ground organization and director, Dale Ray Smith's philosophy is based on the theory that numerous internal and external factors may prompt addiction.
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