New Bethany Home for Girls

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Location: PO Box 764 Arcadia LA 71001 USA

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Rating: 1 stars  

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To any parent that reads these reviews please note that this school has been shut down since 1996 due to extreme abuse of the children who lived there I am a victim of this cult based school please take note before either sending them money or contacting them

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

living there and witnessed and encountered the abuse and torture

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure the owner and operators and employes and sent to jail for life

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The New Bethany homes for boys and girls opened in 1969. During its many years of operation, it was closed down by the state for abuse once in Louisiana, at the boys home Longstreet location. The director, Larry Rapier was arrested for child abuse. Immediately, Mack Ford opened another boys home in South Carolina, that was directed by Olen King. It was closed as well for abuse. Olen King was arrested for kidnapping and neglect. (for locking boys in cells, handcuffed to a pole) Olen King now runs another home in North Carolina under the name of King Family Ministries. Mack Fords daughter, Penny (Ford) king, is married to Olen Kings son. The girls home was raided countless times, Mack Ford was caught sexually abusing children, more than once. His staff members wich include the housemother, the director as well as the principle of the school, have all been accused of molesting/raping children while employed at the home. The New Bethany home for girls/boys was 'legally' changed to New Bethany Baptist church in 2001. However Mack Ford continued to run it as a childrens home until 2004. When he was finally shut down. One of the 'house mothers' Nora Carter Shepherd, has had four different homes opened, under the name of 'Faith Ranch', and had Mack Ford sending children to her until 1999. She was aware of the sexual abuse, and did everything she could to cover it up. Please see a detailed staff list at heal-online.org.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was there for years, and am a victim of said abuses mentioned above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure that the perpetrators of this 'home', completed their legal incarceration, due to them for the abuses that they inflicted upon innocent children for decades.

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There must have been some serious kickback going on in that parish because the townsfolk of Arcadia should have stormed the place with pitchforks and torches thirty years ago and rescued the imprisoned children.

Eventually they did--shut it down, but not soon enough to prevent the untold damage that it did to God's most precious gift, our children, our future. It's an embarrassment to the good citizens of Louisiana who need to set the record straight.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing and reading the testimony of the survivors. Congress should hear it too.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Inform all donors of church funds being given to an organization that is no longer in business. The property needs to be donated to HELP children, not perpetuate the madness that went on there. Support laws that grant the state and federal govts oversight of any residential programs calling themselves an educational organization. And stop child abuse in the US.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

^ Life-changing, and not for the better ^ Google search

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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New Bethany has been closed for years, and Mack Ford has a long history of abuse allegations. He is responsible for traumatizing hundreds of children who were entrusted to his care. Many are still dealing with the psychological ramifications for their stay at the homes 20 or 30 years ago.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the abuse that went on in the name of God

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

lock Mack Ford up and throw away the key

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4 people found this review helpful

I'm laughing at the "client served" category. Anyone donating to this organization needs to be made aware that: 1: IT'S CLOSED. 2. Any proceeds donated go to a man who has been publicly called a child abuser and pedophile. 3. If this organization is on your church's missionary list, you need to notify your pastor that the church's tithes are going to an organization that NO LONGER EXISTS! Thanks you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Abuse and brainwashing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

evict the current residents, sell all the property/confiscate all the funds and donate to the SIA (Survivors of Institutional Abuse) amd HEAL organizations.

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This home is a vile hole that tears children apart mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and even in some cases sexually! They are mean and down right cruel! Any parent that would sent their child to this place is a fool and has been totally lied to. It is suppose to be a christian based home to guide wayward teens, well it's anything but godly! Be warned!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Pain, torment, ridicule, beatings, mistreatment

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would remove the founder and all of his staff and turn it into a safe place to guide and nurture wayward teens.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A little

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

How did you find this group?

was sent there by my family and church

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

none

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I am very familiar with survivors of this "school". If you google "New Bethany Home for Girls" the first three results are as follows:

1.History of Violence: Christian boarding schools and the March 10 ...
2.Survivors of New Bethany
3Survivors of New Bethany - VICTORY VILLAGE

This institution was run by a denomination, Independent Fundamentalist Baptists. The abuse that happens in these institutions is unspeakable. Google "tina anderson" for more information.

Finally to get a better picture of the larger issue I recommend this documentary, watch the whole thing, the first clip on youtube just starts to introduce the issue.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prAcf5rOc5Y

But in the end, this "school" is closed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Dealing with the countless survivors of this school and institutions like it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fortunately it has been closed, and every school run by IFB should also be terminated.

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