Morning star boys

PO Box 8087 
Spokane, WA 99203

(509) 448-1202



Call admissions department for current tuition.


Morning Star Boys' Ranch, founded in January of 1957, is a
residential group home for boys. It is located on Glenrose Prairie,
in Southeast Spokane, Washington. Our pastoral setting gives the boys
the advantage of both rural and urban living. Our trained child care
staff and social workers provide opportunities for the social, moral,
emotional and psychological development of the boys.

Currently Morning Star Boys' Ranch is accepting referrals from residents of the Greater Spokane Area. A requirement of the treatment program is that the parent or "reuniting resource" be a part of the boy's counseling/treatment.

To make a referral or to receive specific information , contact the Intake Secretary at (509) 448-1202. Private placement scholarships are available on a limited basis. Tuition is determined by a family's ability to pay. Some contracts are maintained with govermental agencies on a fee
for service basis.

at risk boys

Upon admission to Morning Star Boys' Ranch each boy attends the Transition School, which is a collaboration project with Spokane School District 81. Following an assessment and evaluation, an appropriate educational plan is developed. This plan may allow for the boy to remain in attendance at the Transition School or move to a District 81 school in the community.

At Morning Star we recognize the power and influence that horses can have on an individual’s life. In identifying this, we have established two programs allowing our residents walk, grow, and learn from horses. Below is a brief description of each program and how the horses are present daily in the residents lives.

Supervised treatment program providing high staff-to-resident ratio;

Structured behavior management system;

Individual, group and family therapy;

Family support activities;

Academic education;

Individualized spiritual and values training;

Recreational program.

Murphy House, which currently is home to 18 boys, is nestled in the foothills of Browne’s Mountain—a setting that allows the boys access to the Ranch’s horses, goats, pigs, dogs, cats, and chickens. Morning Star’s equine program sets it apart from other treatment facilities in the area. All residents participate in the equine-assisted psychotherapy program, which allows boys to experience the challenge and success of managing a 2,000-pound horse, and in doing so, learn to manage their own behavior. Those boys who exhibit good behavior can earn the privilege to participate in the Ranch’s equine program, which involves 12 weeks of book lessons, riding instruction, and overnight horseback camping trips in the summer.

When the boys who live at Murphy House reach age 15 ½, they can apply to move to the St. John Bosco House, a triplex on Spokane’s South Hill that can house up to six boys. At Bosco House, boys practice managing their own apartment, budget, menu planning, and grocery shopping.

Morning Star Boys' Ranch uses a family centered practice model. Boys are reunited with their families or alernate resources. Older boys are taught to live independently. Services are provided which support the youth and family in the transition from group care into a family environment

Mission Statement
Morning Star Boys' Ranch, answering God's call to love and serve those in need,
is dedicated to building men by believing in boys, and providing programs
to strengthen the community.

Through its programs and services, Morning Star Boys' Ranch provides love,
professional care, guidance, and hope to children, youth, and families,
and nurtures their social, moral, educational, and emotional growth.

Morning Star Boys' Ranch Board, staff, and volunteers embrace the values
of integrity, respect, and dignity.

Takes both state and private placements.

Christian Boarding Schools

(509) 448-1202

We Can Help!

We help hundreds of families.
Some of the services we offer:

  • Admissions Counseling
  • Crisis Placement Services
  • free advice on programs
  • Interim short, 3-5 day crisis placements awaiting long term placements
  • Pre-screened Places for Children, Adolescents, Teens and Young Adults
  • Recommendation of preferred schools and programs
  • Teen Transportation Services

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