Sheriffs' Youth Homes
The Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes was established to give our state’s most at-risk children the love, safety, and stability needed to become mature, successful adults. The purpose of Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is to provide a secure future for Georgia’s needy and worthy children who through no fault of their own require out of home placement. They are given love, guidance, structure, and all the advantages that are every American child’s birthright. The Youth Homes are not reform schools or correctional institutions. Our homes are warm, caring and secure places for children to live.
During the late 195’s, Georgia sheriffs became increasingly concerned about the growing number of abandoned, neglected, and abused children. They understood it was vital, not just for the children, but for our state, to give these disadvantaged youth the chance to grow up in a loving and secure home environment.
In 1960, the sheriffs opened the Georgia Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch near Hahira where children were taught:
- How to overcome adversity
- Teamwork and accepting authority
- Personal responsibility
- Hygiene and manners
The children were able to learn strong moral values and spiritual awareness, how to participate positively in a community, and how to trust themselves and one another. Over the years, four additional homes have opened across the state for both boys and girls, providing thousands of disadvantaged youth the opportunity to live stable, positive lives in full-time residential facilities.
House parents continue to instill a strong work ethic in the children, emphasizing education and training for future success. These values help prepare the children to become mature, responsible adults who are able to participate fully and positively in their communities.
A Wholesome Learning Environment
For more than 60 years, Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes has provided quality care for hundreds of children. It is the commitment of the Sheriffs of Georgia to continue this valuable program for the youth of Georgia as well as our communities.
There are five Youth Home campuses across the state in which residents live in a structured, loving environment: Boys Ranch in Hahira, Cherokee Estate in Dalton, Pineland/Camp Pioneer in LaGrange, Herrington Homestead near Swainsboro, and MountainView in Chatsworth.
The children attend public school and are offered spiritual and moral teachings. They also receive valuable training and services to help them grow into responsible, successful adults including:
- Life Skills Training: The children in our program contribute to the home environment while learning to cook, and clean, as well as money management – all practical skills they will need to live productive and responsible lives.
- Educational Support: Daily academic tutoring, research training at the library, summer learning programs, college and vocational school scholarship options and more.
- Recreation: Children are involved in extra-curricular activities in school and the community such as outdoor adventures including camping, attending professional sporting events, movies, and other structured programs and field trips.
Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes has also created Camp Pioneer, a unique outdoor program on the Pineland Campus in LaGrange. The summer camp is offered to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor, recreational experience.
To give a child a brighter future, please make your tax-deductible gift to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes today.
To verify the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes non-profit status, click here.
To view the 501(c)(3) status letter, click here.
Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is sponsored by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association.