Good Samaritan Boys Ranch

Brighton, MT 65617-0617

(417) 376-2238

Kevin Killian


Boys Only

Call admissions department for current tuition.

12-18 months

The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch was founded in 1959 by the Reverend Bob Johnson of Seminole Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. Since then our mission has been to provide hope for those who have not had hope and to provide a safe and caring home for those boys who have come from broken or non-existent homes. We help boys who have been abused and neglected to become responsible, productive young adults. We believe our dedication to this end benefits society in our area as a whole by preventing the recycling of child abuse from generation to generation and cutting the chain of problematic behavior. The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch is an investment in the future.

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT AND EMERGENCY SHELTER ADMISSION PROCEDURE: The admission process is initiated by either a telephone call or a written referral. For emergency shelter, pertinent information is screened over the telephone. For residential placement decisions the treatment staff uses social histories, psychological evaluations and educational information.

The facility is operated in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion or national origin. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write to: Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302.

CONTRACTS: Our contract with the Division of Family Services is for emergency, moderate, severe and psychiatric need care through residential funding payments. Other contractual arrangements are made on an individual case-by-case basis, including the Division of Youth Services and the local courts.

POPULATION: We serve boys ages 12-18 for whom there is no community resource; abused and neglected children; teenagers who have violated a state law or municipal ordinance; and teenagers who exhibit behavioral problems. A boy must have sufficient intellectual capacity to be able to assimilate educational and problematic material.

TREATMENT: Recreational, equestrian, individual, group and family therapy are provided as integral components of the treatment program. Four separate Safe and Secure Units are available for residents requiring a higher level of structure.

Each resident is placed in a therapeutic living environment which, coupled with the many responsibilities and experiences he will incur, is expected to enhance his emotional, physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. The living environment uses behavior therapy and peer group interaction which is closely guided by staff.

EDUCATION: Special education classes are provided in the on-ground classroom. Each Safe and Secure Unit has its own self-contained classroom. Boys are mainstreamed into the regular public school program if they do not require special services.

OWNERSHIP: The Boys Ranch is owned and operated by Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Inc. under the guidance of a Board of Directors comprised of local citizens.

GOOD SAMARITAN BOYS RANCH IS LICENSED AND APPROVED BY: The Missouri Division of Family Services and the Missouri Division of Youth Services.

Call the Ranch office of admissions, (417) 376-2238, or e-mail for more detailed information and specialized situations and concerns. Rest assured that what ever your decision, our team of professionals is totally devoted to the founding principle of giving a child the opportunity for a better life.

Our boys come to us from all over the State of Missouri and can be placed by state agencies or on a private placement. We are licensed by the Missouri Division of Family Services, the Missouri Division of Youth Services and the Department of Mental Health as a Child Care Facility. We are also accredited with the Council on Accreditation.

Our school at the Boys Ranch is staffed by teachers from the Pleasant Hope School District who are all trained in teaching children who are learning disabled and behavior disordered. Most of our boys newly arriving at the Ranch need this extra attention because of the environment in which they come from. Once their learning is at a sufficient level and they are able to interact with other children, they are mainstreamed into public school at Pleasant Hope High School.

A big part of the treatment employed by the Ranch calls for each boy to participate in sporting and recreational events that build character and demonstrate the value of teamwork.

Team sports include baseball, track, swimming and soccer. A variety of other sporting games and activities are also played. Each stressing sportsmanship and the importance of physical fitness.

2003 brought the dedication and opening of the new indoor aquatics center located in what will be the new Grooms Family Sports Complex area. The addition of the new pool provides not only athletic training but year around recreational activities.

An important part of any balanced life style includes recreation. The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch believes that outdoor recreation activities provide the youth under our care the opportunity to enjoy and learn how to protect the beauty of the Ozarks. A variety of recreation is available at the Ranch. Activities include canoeing, camping, hiking, backpacking and environmental exploration.

The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch provides recreation activities year around for the boys who call the Ranch home. Winter outings offer experiences not available during the warmer months.

We are a residential treatment facility based on therapeutic environment modality. Individual, group and family therapy are integral parts of our program. The Ranch provides on-going sexual abuse groups for boys in need of those services. With the services of the Pleasant Hope School District, our on-ground learning disability and behavior disorder classrooms are providing our residents with the needed additional structure and guidance in school. We also provide recreation and equestrian therapy

The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch is located 14 miles north of Springfield on Highway 13 in Brighton, on 180 acres of wooded and pasture land. We have an administration building, on-grounds schooling, a multi-purpose gymnasium, an indoor swimming pool, an indoor and outdoor horseback riding arenas, a chapel and seven resident dormitories, including four safe and secure units designed to care for children with more serious emotional and behavioral needs

Family therapy is available

Giving a child the opportunity for a better life"

All of our boys are supervised 24-hours a day by our youthcare staff who are trained in crisis prevention. We have a recreation therapist who works with the boys to develop team spirit, fair play, self-confidence and an ability to trust others once more. Our horsemanship program is our trademark with the boys learning self-confidence through riding and handling the daily chores of tending over thirty horses. Licensed residential therapists conduct individual and family therapy to aid the child and family towards reunification. We have a transitional living program in Springfield that allows young men the opportunity to further their education and learn necessary life-skills to help them later in life.

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