"We now have our son back and he has a plan for himself and his future . . . He is going back to school with a sense of purpose and will not take for granted the opportunity that he has been given; a second chance…for us all. We continually"
"We tried counselors and medication but nothing seemed to be helping. Through the grace of God we found the Ranch. Right from the first phone call we had a connection. Within the first few months we saw a remarkable change in attitude and behavior. Now we truly believe our child"
"I was BLOWN AWAY by Trevor this past weekend! He was polite, respectful, patient, loving, etc. I could see a real improvement in his attitude and behavior! The most INCREDIBLE part, though, was his obvious knowledge of and love for the Lord! Thank you for all the time you spent"
"Our son has grown tremendously towards being a good young man and you all certainly helped put his life back on course. He really misses you guys and I’m sure he feels he left a part of himself out there. I wanted to make sure you knew that he is"
"We wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for the good work your are doing our son, whom we very much and want him to have the best help available. We feel that has been accomplished by having him under your care and supervision. You have given him"
"It is nothing short of a miracle that we found this wonderful place to help our child through this difficult season of life. Boys ranches manages to weave the “work”– the chores, behavior modification, counseling, and schoolwork–with an abundance of nurture and fun. Our family is blown away by our"
"It is a special place with extra special people working there for the right reasons, to change lives. This comes from you as the leader. Well done on so many levels. I could not be more pleased that in this difficult time as a parent, that I can gain peace"
"I wanted you to know how much I love and appreciate you. You saved my life. Thank you for helping me with my many problems. You taught me how to master them. I also wanted to thank you for helping me and my mom build a loving relationship together. You"
"While here, I have learned a lot of things. I’ve learned how to handle my anger, what lying leads to and rebellion. Of all the things I have learned, I have learned about God. Before I came here I knew nothing about God and I am happy I know Him"
"I am very thankful that my parents sent me. I would have never learned to deal with my problems. I also learned to make the right choice to lead others in the right direction. When I go home I will tell people about Jesus and help people to accept Christ"
"When I first arrived, I had so much anger inside me. I even looked dark and angry. Since then I have worked through a lot of things and during my time there I learned that work for God is not a competition. Everything was a competition to me before. Now"
"Harry has been doing very well, plugged into the church, doing worship and getting ready to go on that trip. I just want to thank you so much for everything that you did for our entire family and the kindness that you showed for the remaining balance of Harry's"
"Ryan has been through a metamorphosis during his stay. It is quite remarkable to hear him speak about his faith in God and the relationships he has formed with staff members. This experience delivered Ryan from a serious path toward imminent destruction."
Where Boys Learn to Achieve and Control their Behavior
Operating year-round, boys ranches emphasize concern for assisting and helping the entire family. Residents often come with little ability to achieve academically, build meaningful relationships, control impulses, or form responsible moral codes.
The focus and intention is primarily on building character and family reunification.
The dimensions of our treatment include:
Educational: Classes are held on the ranch.
Emotional: Our staff provides a healing environment for the youth.
Therapy: We offer clinical, spiritual, and group therapy on a continual basis as an important element of our program.
Recreational: Program activities offered include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and swimming.
Social: Anti-social behaviors are addressed generally through our highly structured Relational/Behavioral/Consequential treatment program. Building social relationships based on character development is stressed.
Vocational: Residents have options in automotive, construction, culinary, life skills, and ranching. Residents are aided in the discovery of their aptitudes and given work experience opportunities. A strong work ethic is modeled and taught.
The boys enjoy a wide variety of activities, from hiking, camping, and rock climbing to horseback riding and fishing.
Equine – At boys ranches, the boys learn how to work with horses, groom them, and take care of them. The boys learn how to work with the horses and the horses teach them too since horses act as mirrors and reflect the boy’s attitudes right back to them. If they approach a horse with anger or disrespect, the horse will do the same to them. It is a wonderful therapeutic experience for the boys to understand how their actions are being picked up and affecting those around them.
The services provided to achieve these treatment goals include:
Domestic Services: Nutritional needs are met with well-prepared and balanced meals. Laundry services are also usually provided for each resident. Resident involvement in both areas may be expected.
Family Services: This includes family, group, and individual counseling with the purpose of addressing challenges and issues that have affected the family.
Youth Services: Front-line staff provides 24/7 supervision of our residents.