A Word from our Directors
Greg and Essie Del Valle are the directors of the Lakeland Grace Academy school for girls. After serving in the military, Greg was trained as a police officer and became a deputy sheriff. Also leading a church youth group of 350 kids in his spare time, God put it on the hearts of Greg and Essie to reach out full-time to help troubled girls. After first building up another school for girls, they came to Lakeland two years ago.
You can have the perfect house, raise all your children with the same love, principles and values and still have one that has a “taste”, an “appetite” for things that are not “served” at home or supported there. Our students are intelligent gifted teens who have gotten their way, have taken advantage of kind parents, and have taken all that has been sacrificed & provided for granted. We are talking about teens that are throwing away what God has so sovereignly given to them. We are describing daughters that have had everything at their disposal but yet only worry about finding favor in the eyes of their negative friends and have no concern of what their parents see, think, or feel.
You Are Not Alone!
Yes, for the most part, many outsiders are fooled not knowing the path of destruction your teen has chosen. Our ministry has shared in the grief and joy of working through this journey with numerous families. In due time, you will experience a difference in your daughter, you’ll notice a new respect for life and family that at one time was just a dream.
We provide 24/7 live-in staff, just steps from your daughter’s bedroom. Students are counseled weekly and have a daily group session. This alone will help promote Family Restoration with a much needed break from it all, a break to gather your senses and to allow yourself to just breathe again, a break to partner with us in re-establishing some old boundaries and some critically important new ones.
Our ability to increase a student’s “Emotional Intelligence” four times greater than when she first walked in through our doors and our national success rate of 86% is what makes us one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation.
We’d love to hear your story, please give us a call to see if we can help for such a time as this. If we cannot meet your need or be the right fit for you, we can help you find another program for your child.
Gregory & Esmeralda Del Valle