HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO OPERATE HOPE RANCH FOR ONE YEAR?

Once Phase I is completed and fully occupied, the annual operating budget will be approximately $1.06 million with revenue matching expenses.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF TAKING CARE OF A CHILD AT HOPE RANCH?

Several factors contribute to the cost of life at Hope Ranch. These include:

  • Homes for placed children (utilities, maintenance, insurance, etc.)
  • Each home has 2 house parents
  • Counseling costs (counselor salaries, program maintenance, insurance, etc.)
  • Education costs (teacher salaries, fees, school supplies, etc.)
  • Food, clothing, and healthcare
  • Employee Taxes and Insurance (employee health, liability and worker’s compensation, Social Security, Medicare)
  • One full-time social worker per 12 children – collaborates with other agencies connected to the child and/or family
  • One full time residential program director
  • Transportation costs (vehicles, gas insurance, maintenance)
  • Dining Hall and food service staff (commercial restaurant standards required by licensing)

DO FAMILIES OF THE CHILDREN PLACED AT HOPE RANCH PAY FOR THEIR KIDS IN THE PROGRAM?

We invite families to financially support their child to the degree that they did while the child was living in their home. However, no child is turned away because of a family’s inability to contribute financially.

DOES HOPE RANCH RECEIVE GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR ITS SUPPORT?

The only government funds accepted are placement fees paid by placing agency for foster children and tuition paid by school districts for students utilizing our behavior management programs. Funds received do not cover the complete cost necessary to provide our high quality programming.

Hope Ranch does not accept any other state or federal operating funds. Our current budget is funded by contributions from individuals, churches, private foundations, gifts from estates, and income from beneficial trusts. Public and private grants will be pursued for capital projects.

HOW MANY CHILDREN CAN HOPE RANCH CARE FOR?

For Phase 1, the Hope Ranch will serve 12 residential students and 48 students in the school. Phase two will expand this to 84 residential students and 125 students in the school.

WHAT BRINGS CHILDREN TO HOPE RANCH?

Children and families will be referred to Hope Ranch of Missouri by caseworkers, family members, school personnel, and other agencies. If the child requires services not provided by Hope Ranch, the child or family will be referred to appropriate agencies for placement and/or services. Children will be referred for any or several of the reasons below:

  • At risk of school expulsion or dropping out of school
  • Family conflict
  • Poor behavior choices
  • Poor peer group
  • Drug and alcohol experimentation
  • Abuse and/or neglect
  • Homelessness
  • Certain mental health issues (e.g. ADHD, anxiety, and depressive disorders)

WHERE WILL YOUR CHILDREN COME FROM?

We will serve children from Missouri, with priority for children from the communities in and around Franklin County.    Most of our children will be placed by agencies contracted by Department of Social Services Children’s Division which handles case management for foster children. Some children will be privately placed with the consent of their parent and/or guardian when the family is in a crisis situation.

The admission team will review all applications, referrals, medical history, school records, therapy needs and conduct interviews prior to approving youth for admission. Juveniles with violent tendencies, as outlined in the Safe Schools Act, and deemed unsafe by the admission team will not be admitted.

The Hope Ranch will also work with the local school districts and Franklin County Homeless Task Force to provide housing for homeless teens in Franklin County. All youth must meet admission criteria, be enrolled and attending school, and have parental consent. Special scholarships will be set up to cover costs.

HOW OLD ARE THE CHILDREN WHO WILL BE LIVING AT THE HOPE RANCH? WILL THEY RETURN TO THEIR PARENTS?

Hope Ranch will care for children in residential care between the ages of 6 and 19. We will work in conjunction with the child’s care team to support family reunification when possible. Once a stable home environment has been established and/or the child has successfully completed the program, a child will return to his/her family.

When a juvenile judge deems that family reunification is not possible, the Hope Ranch will work with the child’s care team to find a permanent family. If necessary, older youths without other residential options will be permitted to stay until graduation from high school.  Older youth will also participate in our Transition to Independence programs.

WHO ARE THE HOUSEPARENTS? WHO WILL CARE FOR MY CHILD?

We will hire married Christian couples to serve as house parents. House parents will receive frequent, high quality training, support, and supervision. House parents will collaborate with counselors and teachers to provide support needed for each child.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FAMILY OF EACH CHILD AT HOPE RANCH?

For privately placed children, families will be expected to:

  • Participate in family classes and parenting classes
  • Provide medical insurance
  • Pay for counseling services each month
  • Maintain a child’s basic needs account (i.e. haircut, hygiene, clothes)
  • For agency placed children, the family will be encouraged to contribute as they are able.

IS THE HOPE RANCH AFFILIATED WITH ANY RELIGIOUS DENOMINATION?

We are non-denominational and welcome all religious affiliations.

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS NOT A CHRISTIAN?

A child does not have to believe in Christ to receive services from Hope Ranch, but we do ask they be respectful. Children will be surrounded by Christian influences and will have the opportunity to attend church with their house family, take Bible classes in school, and participate in study groups at home. Children opting out of church attendance will participate in our alternative character education program.

HOW DOES THE ON-SITE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL WORK?

The on-site Hope Ranch School will operate on a year-round calendar with mini breaks throughout the year. The teacher to student ratio will be 1:12. Our teachers, counselors and house parents will work together to help children improve social skills to build and maintain positive relationships with peers and those in authority. Each child will have an Individual Learning Plan based on their specific strengths and needs, aligned to the state curriculum standards and local grade level benchmarks

Students who are successful in their current school district will be encouraged to continue there, when possible.

WILL YOU OFFER PROGRAMMING FOR FAMILIES WHOSE CHILD IS IN CARE?

Yes, families will be encouraged and expected to participate in:

  • Family Counseling, held at the ranch and in the home.
  • Family and parent education classes.
  • Visitation sequence to help build positive interactions and experience
  • After-care counseling to support a successful transition

HOW WILL YOU ADDRESS THE SAFETY OF YOUR YOUTH AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES?

To ensure the safety and security the Hope Ranch will:

  • Operate as a gated facility, visitors will buzz in and identify themselves prior to admittance onto the ranch property.
  • Require all visitors to sign in at the office and wear a visitor badge.
  • Employ night security staff to supervise the campus.
  • Maintain low child to staff ratio for constant supervision.
  • Provide extensive training for staff, including crisis intervention procedures.
  • Equip the public areas of our homes and school with cameras.
  • Install alarms on the youth’s bedroom windows and doors to alert both the house parents and night security staff if a child leaves their room.
  • Continue collaboration with all emergency personnel (fire chief, police chief, sheriff) to ensure that all necessary safety measures are in place.
  • Conduct background checks on all staff, volunteers, mentors and contracted services who work with our youth.
  • Follow the comprehensive admission procedure for youth we serve.

HOW CAN I HELP?

PRAY: Your prayers for the Hope Ranch are greatly appreciated.

PROMOTE: Tell your friends, church, and organization about our services and encourage them to partner with us.

PROVIDE: Your financial contributions and volunteer labor are what allow us to proceed with the establishment of the Hope Ranch. Go to the Donate page under How You Can Help in the menu at the top of the page to make an online financial contribution.

DOES HOPE RANCH HAVE A BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

Yes. The Hope Ranch of Missouri has a Board of Directors consisting of 12 members with vast experience in ministry, education and business. Our Board of Directors govern and oversee the program, budget and policies of Hope Ranch as well as handle all personnel matters including employment and oversight of the Executive Director. The Board meets monthly.

HOW CAN I MAKE A DONATION TO HOPE RANCH?

You can write a check payable to Hope Ranch of Missouri and mail to:

HOPE RANCH

P.O. Box 963

Union, MO 63084

You can also make a secure online donation by credit card or PayPal on the Donate page.

There are several ways to donate in memory or honor of someone. Our donation page is an easy and secure way to make an online donation. Make sure to note who the tribute gift is for.

MY GROUP WOULD LIKE TO DO A PROJECT WITH HOPE RANCH. WHO SHOULD WE CONTACT?

We would welcome groups willing to volunteer or assist with fund raising efforts. Please use the ‘Contact Us’ form.

MY GROUP WOULD LIKE TO DO A PROJECT WITH HOPE RANCH.  WHO SHOULD WE CONTACT?

We would welcome groups willing to volunteer or assist with fund raising efforts. Please use the ‘Contact Us’ form.

DO YOU ACCEPT GIFTS OF CLOTHING, HOUSHOLD GOODS, VEHICLES, ETC.?

Once we are open we will have a donation process for these generous gifts.

WHO DO I CONTACT TO INCLUDE HOPE RANCH IN MY WILL?

We are grateful for every gift to our work. Contact us through the website and we’ll make it easy for you to include us in your estate plan.

ARE MY CONTRIBUTIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Once we are open we will have a donation process for these generous gifts.

WILL YOU PROVIDE ME WITH DOCUMENTATION OF MONETARY DONATIONS FOR TAX PURPOSES?

Yes. Online gifts are receipted within 5 business days by email. For all other gifts, receipts are totaled and sent out 3 times a year in January, May, and October. HOPE RANCH will provide receipts at any other time upon request.