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Jasper non-profit gears up to help at risk youth

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
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A Deep East Texas nonprofit will soon open their doors for at-risk boys and girls.

Champion Oaks Ranch is a private placement program whose goal is to reach kids before they're placed in state custody. 

“We want to look at helping these children's children and grandchildren along the way,” said executive director Melissa Monroe.

Monroe said it all started in 2005 when she volunteered in a youth group at her church.

“God really started putting a burden on my heart to do something more for these kids,” Monroe said. 

In 2014, Monroe did more by forming a board to begin the Champion Oaks Ranch Children's Home.

“Most of the facilities in our area are state ran facilities, but we also have a big area of parents and family that are needed help with struggling,” Monroe said.

Most state-run facilities gear towards kids in foster care or state custody, but Champion Oaks Ranch wants to reach the youth before they end up in state custody.

They are going to provide this service for free.

“It's vital that we have relationships built throughout the community to raise the funding that we do need to operate one year in advance,” Barry Turner, the director of development.

Currently, one house will be available for six boys, but Monroe plans to expand on the 78 acres of land.

“That covers individual counseling for the kids that will be here, and it provides group counseling as well as family counseling for their families,” Monroe said.

The program will be offered to children who live a 100-mile radius from Jasper.

They will also be required to stay for a period of 12 to 24 months at the ranch.

“We want to offer parenting classes, cooking classes, anger management, money management classes, Bible studies, and things like that can kind of get the family back on track,” Monroe said.

According to Monroe, Champion Oaks Ranch will be applying for their license next week and plans to open their doors this summer.

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