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ABOUT THE RANCH

Our Mission Statement: “Healing Youth, Building Lives Through Success” signifies our commitment to providing a safe place for girls to experience success. Founded in 1992, Heartland Girls’ Ranch (HGR) is a working ranch and group home licensed by the Department of Corrections for girls ages 12-21. HGR serves an average of 40-50 girls each year providing housing, supportive services, mental health and chemical dependency support, equine therapy and a dedicated school for the girls in our program. HGR has capacity of 24 beds in the main facility and 5 beds in the Strides Transitional Housing Program, as well as dedicated programs and services in our Hearts for Freedom Program for girls who have been sexually exploited/trafficked.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Ranch is that individuals are responsible for their own choices, consequences, and ultimately, their own well-being. Heartland provides a supportive, structured environment in which girls learn to make responsible choices and become mature young women. This strength-based model focuses on girls’ success. Success leads to an awareness of self-worth. It is from this foundation, that clients address the spectrum of their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and educational needs. HGR provides holistic, strength-based, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive programming based on best practices in working with youth.

GIRLS IN OUR PROGRAM

HGR provides long-term care for girls struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as girls who have experienced trauma due to commercial sexual exploitation/trafficking. HGR referrals typically come from county social workers/probation officers and include; Delinquency, CHIPS, and Voluntary Placements. HGR also accepts county and non-county placement referrals of trafficked girls through our Hearts for Freedom program.

Each referral is considered on an individual basis for their situation and the current population of residents being served. HGR does accept residents who are known or suspected to be pregnant. HGR is unable to accept residents who are actively psychotic, actively suicidal, or who are a significant danger to themselves or others.

Some of the target areas of programming may include strategies to address:

Runaway

Truancy

Sexual Behaviors

Prostitution/Sex Trafficking

PTSD/ Trauma

Chemical Use/

Dependency Attachment Problems

Authority

Healthy Boundaries

Self-Esteem

Family Issues

Grief

A specialized treatment plan is created with specific objectives for each resident. These goals cover a wide range of topics including education, behavior, attitudes, family and personal issues, health, recreation, social skills, future plans and employment. Average lengths of stay vary for each resident.