Chestnut Mountain Ranch is a Christ-centered home and school. We reach the hearts of young men and restore broken families through a structured, loving community.
Our vision is to restore hope to children and families.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
I wouldn't be where I'm at today if I hadn't attended CMR. They taught me how to control my temper, how to listen and keep self-control, and how important it is to help others.
I will be graduating from High School in May and plan to further my education. I never would have thought I could have done it but am thankful for the Ranch for helping me get here
When I first came to Chestnut Mountain Ranch, I genuinely had no idea what I was doing with myself. Every other month I was getting suspended from school and was on the verge of being expelled. I have ADHD. During my time at The Ranch I learned this was no excuse and my behavior was my own fault. After discovering that, I chose to begin working on myself at levels deeper than ever before.
I began reading Scriptures more, praying, and thanking God for everything around me, and still am. I learned that I have a bigger purpose in life, and The Ranch helped me achieve this knowledge. I mastered my impulses and learned how to behave in a school setting. I am now in my Junior year of high school and couldn't be doing better."
One of my favorite Bible verses is 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. When I reflect on this verse, I think about how much God has worked in my life and what he has allowed me to accomplish.
I have learned that no matter what challenges I may face in life, I know that I can get through it with God by my side. The life-long lessons and encouragement that I received at the Chestnut Mountain Ranch will be with me forever, and for that, I am forever grateful.
When I first came to the Ranch, I was very disrespectful to my parents. My family was not willing to work with each other. I was not willing to change until I started to talk about it. The Ranch staff would take a walk with me or go fishing and talk.
I was a train wreck when I first arrived at the Ranch. I was always in “shut down mode” when I did not get my way. I was very manipulative to others. My family wasn’t much of a family at the time of me arriving at the Ranch. I decided to change by not blaming others and looking at myself.
By Steve Finn, Executive Director, Chestnut Mountain Ranch
Seed to Vision is a must-read for anyone with a God-sized idea who is unsure what to do next. Peppered with personal stories, former metro-Atlanta police officer turned boys' home and school founder Steve Finn shares the eight key tools God used to turn his seed of an idea into a vision and ultimately a reality--and how you can use them too. Be inspired to see that with God nothing is impossible--the idea He gave you can become reality.