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Sanctuary secures accreditation to continue mission of service

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Sanctuary was created to offer an alternative to the juvenile justice system for abused, neglected, runaway, homeless, at-risk youth.  The local non-profit organization recently received three-year accreditation. 

"Help youth and families help themselves" is something Sanctuary has been doing for the past 45 years by providing critical services and programs for at-risk youth on island and their loved ones.  At the helm is executive director Theresa Arriola who has been with the organization since October 2015. She told KUAM News, "I've been with Sanctuary for the last year and a half and to say the least, it's been a wonderful experience but very challenging.  The organization that has been around for 45 years...Sanctuary is the oldest local non-profit organization on Guam."

Recently, the local non-profit, was awarded the max three year accreditation from the commission on accreditation of rehabilitation facilities. This achievement is an indication of the organization's dedication, with Arriola saying, "A lot of work has been done by my wonderful staff here at Sanctuary. We are so pleased because we are the only CARF-accredited organization on the island."

So what does receiving this accreditation mean to Sanctuary, the people of Guam, and the people they serve? "The fact that an accreditation body sees Sanctuary's services and our staff as having delivered the highest quality based on over standards across Guam behavioral, child and youth services," she explained.  

"We're very proud of that because it doesn't come easy. It's every day keeping up with the standards and making sure the quality of service that the youth and families deserve is delivered by our staff."

According to Arriola, Sanctuary has been accredited by CARF since 2008. And with the non-profit earning the max 3 years, that doesn't mean they are just going to relax until the next accreditation. "All that means is that it's 3 years. Every year the standards change so every year the organization has to keep up with the changes and the standards," she said.

It's an accomplishment that Arriola says would not have been possible without her incredible and dedicated staff as well as the community of Guam. "The Guam community has been so generous all these years...there's no way I could even thank or being to thank the laundry list of companies, individuals, and families that help Sanctuary," she said.

Arriola says receiving accreditation is a testament of the hard work Sanctuary has done and continues to put in, in order to ensure the quality of life for their clients improves for the better.

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