Chestnut Mountain Ranch provides a Christ-centered school and home for boys in crisis and in need of hope and healing. Partnering with their families, we pursue family restoration and reunification.
Our educational program is geared to help children develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially.
My grandfather died in 2009 and my dog who I loved died in 2012. I thought God was against me and I was angry. I used to argue with my mom day and night. I didn’t have any respect for anyone and had a temper when things didn’t go my way. I had a chip on my shoulder; it was me against the world. Coming to the Ranch, I noticed the staff respected me even when I didn’t respect them.
When I first arrived at the Ranch I had a quick temper. School life was not average. My parents were addicts, and they didn’t give a crap what I did. I realized over time that I needed Christ to help me. It was Christ and the Ranch staff that helped me.
The past was hard and rough. My family was not in a good state of mind, so I had to start listening…I was helped by doing one on one conversations and working through it.
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.