What denomination is your ministry, and do you work with any particular church?
We are non-denominational, and we work with several churches in the surrounding area, including Christian, Seventh-Day Adventist, and Catholic.
What are your beliefs about God?
We believe that Christ died on the cross for our sins, that He was crucified and rose again, and that it is through Him that we may have everlasting life. We believe that we should not judge lest we be judged, not to argue over particulars of religion, and to get back to work, loving each other.
My child is basically a "good kid". Do you offer programs for normal or high-achieving youth or families?
All of our programs are open to anyone that wants to learn and develop new skills, whether in parenting classes, day camps, Saturday Sessions, or Weekday Sessions. Part of the reason our programs succeed is because we blend troubled kids and families together with high-achieving youth and families so that they can see what "good" looks like.
Where are you located?
We are located in the foothills of the Cascades, near the little town of Lacomb, and are about twelve miles from each of the cities of Lebanon, Albany, and Scio. Our facility is located at 35105 Ede Road, Lebanon, Oregon 97355. All visits other than open houses are by appointment only, this is to ensure the safety, privacy, and comfort of all participants so that they might have the best experience possible during their time here.
How long have you been in business?
There are a lot of answers to that question. Our methods and vision began their development with our founder and Executive Director, Dave Berger, over thirty years ago. He ran a program similar to our current model in Dallas at Desert Lily Arabians from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, after construction of our barn, we incorporated as an LLC and began running programs on a part-time basis. In April 2010, we incorporated as an Oregon nonprofit and started running programs on a full-time basis. We are now also a federally-recognized 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation.
Do you work with government agencies?
We have not done any contract work for government agencies, however, we are not opposed to doing so. Many individuals that work for government agencies have done one-on-one work with their clients using our facility and activities. Our staff also attend meetings such as school IEP meetings with our participants, and we strive to help our participants meet the goals set by school staff, counselors, case workers, and parents in our work with the participants at our farm. Also, we teach kids and parents to have respect for authority figures and to work with agencies for the betterment of the child and family rather than to fight them.
How do you get your clients?
Our clients are referred to us from a variety of sources. Clients have been referred to us by parents of our current and past participants, by pastors, by doctors, by teachers, by counselors or other mental health providers. Clients also self-refer through our publicity efforts on Facebook, Craigslist, brochures handed out during parades and other events, flyers and brochures posted at businesses, or through newspaper or magazine articles. As we like to say, getting more clients is never the problem: getting enough funding to serve everyone that wants to come is.
Do people stay overnight at your facility?
It is not our general practice to have people stay overnight at our facility. Our goal is to get the family working together and creating a positive home environment for their kids. To that end, we teach intensive parenting class and family skills classes, do small-group sessions with families at the farm, and also visit our clients at home to assess the home environment.