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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Student Services

Mission: Strive to help each child to become a god honoring and parent honoringyoung person; to be an honest, hard working asset to the community in which they will live with god's help.

Target demographics: Young ladies and their families

Geographic areas served: Humansville, MO

Programs: 20-30 students are enrolled throughout the year. These students included voluntary placement by parents and others who were court ordered.

Community Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

42 Anna W.4

Advisor

Rating: 1

This place is absolutely disgusting. I'm only a 15-year-old, and I've gone through similar things with my parents and friends. Parents, never send your children here. It doesn't matter if it sounds good. It's a false hope. I'm not even Christian, rather a Satanist and still don't approve of this. Making girls eat their puke? Rape? Abuse? Putrid and awful. Again, disgusting. These people deserve nothing but to be abused themselves. Awful, terrible people. I'm sorry, I don't like to wish harm upon others. But this? This is disgusting, and terrible. For the decades they have done this, it's time for action. And no, I am not an advisor. I had to put that so I could post this. Much love to the families hurt by these people.

51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Parents, don't send your children here.
The treatment is horrible and inhumane, and certainly non-Christian. This is not a safe space for them.
No matter what they try to tell you, the 'business' they run here is not there to benefit your child, or 'turn them around'. It's there to ruin them, like it's ruined countless over children for over a decade.
The practices they implement are sick, their whole business is a fraud.
Don't give them money. Don't line the pockets of mental child abusers and pedophiles.
I hope something gets done about this soon.
I am so sorry for the victims out there.
I hope the laws get changed, and the Circle of Hell gets the punishment it deserves.

40 Kayle O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This Ranch claims to help young girls find their way back to happiness through god. There have been many reported cases as far back as 2010 of abuse, mental, physical, and sexual. They isolate these girls and screen the letters being sent home to parents in order to keep them as long as possible so they can continue making money off them. The owners bring in close to $300,000/yr and do not even provide mattresses, shoes in usable condition, among many other essential items despite tuition in the $1,000s/girl and a $300 one time fee for uniforms. They restrain, isolate, force feed, mentally break the girls down and have no qualifications. They are not, and never have been, certified by the board of education although they claim to be. The girls receive little to no education while there despite them claiming that a good education is part of the ranch-it is not and never has been. I beg you to research this place before making a decision on where to send your child for help. There are a lot of other places with proper credentials and treat the children with respect.

here is a link containing proofs of what I stated above:
http://www.heal-online.org/circle.htm

53

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was sexually abused here and they knew it and they hid it. Save your kids.

43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

"School" ran by abusive pedophiles who protect pedophiles. Do not send your daughter's here unless you want them to be scarred for life and put them in immediate harm's way. They've abused dozens of kids and use the name of God to torment children. Absolutely disgusting, if you don't believe me spend 5 minutes on YouTube. They aren't even accredited it's a putrid cesspool of hateful, abusive people.

36

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Wish I could give this zero stars. Sexual and physical abuse is rampant here. This place should be shut down.

198

Advisor

Rating: 1

PLEASE DONT SEND YOUR DAUGHTER HERE. The owners of this place have a daughter that went here, and she created a tik tok page to share about. And she said that she watch her own parents abuse all of the girls there, and she told many other story about this place. ITS TERRIBLE.

534

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place is sickening! the abuse that these girls go through is vile and they should be shut down ASAP! i’m so proud of all the girls who have escaped the abuse and torture they get put through. It is disgusting and no human on earth deserves to be put through it ! DO NOT send your children here.

400

Advisor

Rating: 1

This has to stop. To every family out there who has a kid in there, GET. THEM. OUT. They are getting both physically and mentally abused and all the stories that you see about it being ‘good’, are all made up from the council from COH. Please get your child out of COH before it’s actually too late. The girls there are being tortured, stomped on, punched in the stomach, humiliated, forced into things that they don’t want to etc. You as a parent, if you truly care about your child, you’ll get them out of there. If they tell you that you either have to pay them or let your child go there for at least 2 years, then get a lawyer because they are not allowed to keep them there. Please, Take this seriously and stop looking at the ‘good’ comments, which are being written by COH itself, and start looking at them all. Why would we comment these things if it weren’t true?

321

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Do not send your child here because it’s the cheapest place you can find, this is a religious cult , they abuse the girls and lie to the parents, brother will slam the girls as hard as he can on the ground and get the other girls to press on all of her pressure points until she is screaming out of her mind, the read over notes to the parents and if they don’t like it they’ll make the child rewrite it, if you want to check your child out the won’t let you unless you pay for 2 years that you signed for

275

Client Served

Rating: 1

HORRIBLE BOARDING SCHOOL.DON’T SEND YOUR KIDS HERE.THERE IS SO MUCH ABUSE GOING ON.THEY SHOULD BE BANNED

272

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Please don’t send your daughter here!!! On TikTok survivers of their abuse have been posting about all the things they have done to their past girls! Including making them run 3 miles every day for the “overweight girls” and also giving them portion sizes so small they had to go to the hospital when they got out and were diagnosed with severe malnutrition. They also black out things you send in letters and will tell you that your kids are liars and everything is just find. They also restrain girls which is pushing on pressure points until you scream. Pls be smart and safe and don’t send your daughters here! Get them real help

199

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place is vile and disgusting, the girls are mentally, physically and religiously abused. In every way possible they are taken advantage of wether is is sexually or other things. I know the founders of the school severely abused both of their children and they deserve to rot in jail for all of the pain and torment they have caused. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE, the people running this place are disgusting, vile and revolting pigs. It is not safe at all and your child will be severely abused, they will be beaten, brain washed and taken advantage of. This is for mentally ill girls but really it is the founders who are mentally ill. There is a girl there her name is Rachel kelso and she was admitted in 2007 and she is now in her 30s and she has not been let go, she is practically being held hostage and abused everyday all because she cannot be manipulated in the way they want her to. She deserves her freedom and the revolting owners deserve to rot in a jail cell.

170

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

DO NOT EVER send your girls here. They are extremely abusive and cruel and your children will have trauma for life. The word is being spread and there is evidence.

144

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This Circle of Hope crap is absolute bull crap they think that God (who is not real for starters) is allowing them to treat girls from as young as 5 nastily, they abuse the girls, physically and mentally. They starve them, make them stare at a wall or read a bible for months at a time. This place is messed up and vile. They are disgusting human beings. I thankfully have never been to this disgusting place because my parents aren’t messed up and cruel but Iv seen many girls’ stories about whats it’s like and it makes me sick to my stomach!

112

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place is awful. If you read this post and still send your child there you hate them. They will be abused and severely mistreated.

126

Client Served

Rating: 1

Terrible terrible terrible. Girls who came here were psychologically and physically harmed to the point of developing severe ptsd and anxiety. Do not support this kind of cult and do not send your daughter here!! Many girls report being forced to retrain one another for hours on end, forced to eat their own puke and forced to remain in push-up position for too long. Connections with parents are almost completely cut off with their messages censored out to stop parents from realising how wrong this “school” is. Please don’t send your daughter here and spread awareness of this terrible cult!

130

Board Member

Rating: 1

AWFUL , so disgusting I can’t even begin to explain. My daughter is permanently scarred from what she has had to go through while attending the “circle of hope” more like the circle of death! So many ex girls who are friends of my daughters have killed them selves due to the abuse and sexual abuse they have had to witness and DEAL with!!

93

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Don’t send your kids here!! This is a cult. They abuse the girls, brainwash them
Into thinking nobody wants them or anything. They can’t speak out about what is really happening or they get terrible punishments. There has been girls that been raped here.

99

Client Served

Rating: 1

I hope this place gets shut down. How in the world do they let this go on. I say we all go there and protest get this thing shut down. These are kids no one deserves to be abused like that.

85

Client Served

Rating: 1

This place abuses young girls. Please please don't support them. Physical and mental abuse is not a joke. Circle of hope needs to be closed down

78

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This place is absolutely disgusting, it’s now being exposed for physically, sexually and mentally abusing young girls. DO NOT SUPPORT THEM IN ANY WAY

71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am a Christian, strict catholic in fact and I in no way support this ad think this is right. This goes far ways of what the bible said. I normally, rarely wish death upon people, and God forgive me for this but, brother house should receive the death penalty. Physical and Mental abuse is not ok wether it is barley any abuse at all its not okay. This man must not read the bible. Parents if you want to place your kid into this make sure you do research, if you want to place them there please put your kid up for adoption instead.

58

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

absolutely disgusting place, i’ve heard so many bad things from the people who were mentally physically and sexually abused here. DO NOT SEND YOUR GIRLS HERE. the police really should be investigating this place as the owners should be jailed for life, the amount of trauma and stress that they have inflicted on these young girls is unexplainable. the saddest part is that they cannot even tell their parents the abuse that they are receiving as phone calls are monitored and anything in letters that the owners do not approve of is blacked out. some are also brainwashed into thinking that it is a good place. but whatever you do please don’t send anyone here. it really ought to be shut down immediately!!

55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

THIS PLACE ABUSES GIRLS AND TREATS THEM HORRIBLY! PLEASE HELP BRING AWARENESS! THIS PLACE NEEDS TO BE CLOSED DOWN.

50

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Clearly circle of hope is an abusive cult led by an extremist that should not be allowed near children. Shut down circle of hope and save the lives of the girls subjected to this torture.

53

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This is a highly abusive home. It physically abuses girls, steals money from families that doesn't even go to the girls, and it verbally and mentally abuses and brainwashes them. Parents are unaware because the phone calls and letters are monitored and blacked out or cut short if they say something to get help. they beat their own children with horse crops and gulf clubs, there is also sexual abuse from the owners. Please do not send your child here. A place for troubled children and teens should at least have a therapist or consuler to help the children, there is no such thing at this home. If you child goes here the rest of their life they will have ptsd from being sent here. It's not worth it.

42

Volunteer

Rating: 1

STOP THIS NEEDS TO SHUT! IT IS A BRAIN WASHING ABUSIVE FACILITY USED TO TORTURE YOUNG GIRLS! PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR THEIR TRICKS THEY DELETE ALL THE BAD REVIEWS!

36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place is being exposed as an abusive and terrifying place. Sexual, physical, verbal, and mental abuse is happening and survivors are coming forward on social media.

I see you survivors and what you went through is real and your feelings are valid.

42 Kerstin G.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

they abuse young women, through physical and mental abuse, and everything you see or hear about this boarding school; the informations and abouts are manipulated. please read about the stories of the survivors. #iseeyousurvivor

37

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

this place is a disgusting cult that abuses and psychologically tortures girls

35

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

disgusting. awful. horrible. human beings the amount of abuse these kids suffer is heartbreaking. i have absolutely no idea why this is not shut down investigations are happening but VOICES ARE NOT BEING HEARD please please please get your kid out now and do not send them there. It makes me sick to my stomach hearing survivors stories. I am doing everything and anything i can to help these poor kids and the trauma they suffer going through this

269

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place is getting exposed for its abuse towards young girls. They have been exposed for sexual, physical, and mental abuse towards girls of all ages. Just look at @exposingcircleofhope on tiktok. Do NOT support them in any way, they need to be closed down. The police won’t do anything.

242

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

found out about this place on tik tok and it is disguising and abusive!!!!

248

Client Served

Rating: 1

This place is so abusive and sinister. This is not a school. It is a cult. I was beaten, malnourished, choked, and sexually assaulted while here. Brother House is evil and abusive.

174

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place poses a facade of Christianity, hope, and love but is completely the opposite. It’s sickening to know that this sort of cult-like abuse is not exposed and dealt with.

173

Client Served

Rating: 1

They abuse and brainwash you!! Do not send your children here please!!

141

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Disgusting place. Abuses these girls in every way possible. Literally needs to be SHUT DOWN ASAP with all of these young women taken away immediately as well as the animals on the “ranch”. This is not a rehabilation ranch for girls, this is a place where they brainwash young females using reigion and VIOLENCE. SHUT IT DOWN SHUT IT DOWN.

131

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This is the worst place on earth. These are cruel people who abuse girls. Boyd C. Householder shall go to jail! CANCLE CIRLCE OF HOPE GIRLS RANCH!!!!

Review from Guidestar

165 Samantha J.3

Advisor

Rating: 1

DO NOT SEND YOUR GIRLS HERE!!! This place is an abuse center. Girls are given extreme punishments, made to eat their own vomit, forced to stay in push up position for hours, the list goes on and on.

132

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

this place should be shut down immediately, the girls are physically, mentally and sexually abused in the most inhumane ways, it’s disgusting that places like this even exist. these already vulnerable girls will be further traumatised for life and that is not okay. shut down circle of hope #iseeyousurvivor

112

Client Served

Rating: 1

They mentally, physically and sexually abuse the girls there. Go to @helpingteens2 on TikTok to hear the full horrific personal story of a girl who was there for six months. This place needs to get shut down.

97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Don’t come here i’m begging you! This is a cult believe me don’t let any of your children come here because it is very dangerous they will abuse you and do many other things that you don’t want your children to go through. We aren’t lying and the good reviews that you are seeing are lying they’re doing this for money and other reasons. Don’t come here please.

88

Client Served

Rating: 1

This place should get closed down period. They abuse girls and starve them. One girl was suicidal and when went for help was told she was to big of a wuss to go through with it. I wouldn’t wish this place on my worse enemy. If you are seriously considering sending your child here there is something mentally wrong with you.

73

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Never send your child here. The only thing you need to do to see why they’re doing to kids, is go on the app TikTok and search “Circle of Hope”. Hundreds of videos will show up, exposing this place of the mental and physical abuse.

75

Advisor

Rating: 1

IT IS A CULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DO NOT SEND ANYONE HERE. SHE WILL BE ABUSED AND TRAUMATIZED MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND SEXUALLY. THIS PLACE NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN BUT THEY HAVE TIES TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND NOTHING IS BEING DONE TO STOP IT. EXPOSE CIRCLE OF HOPE, IT COMPLETELY GOES AGAINST THE CHRISTIAN FAITH AND THE OWNERS OF THIS PLACE WILL BURN IN HELL FOR THE HEINOUS ABUSE THEY HAVE COMMITTED AGAINST THE GIRLS HERE. EXPOSE THIS BOARDING SCHOOL FOR ITS ABUSE AND SHUT IT DOWN. NO ONE SHOULD BE PROFITING OFF OF THE TRAUMATIZATION OF CHILDREN.

68

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As a clinical psychologist and based off of the plentiful testimonies I’ve seen, I know that this organization is horrifically abusive and needs to be investigated immediately. The number of testimonies is heartbreaking and no child or human should have to endure such things. Please help free these children.

65

Volunteer

Rating: 1

this place is horrible and no girl should have to go through what happens here. it is a cult and they lie about what goes on inside. the girls get physically and mentally abused and forced to not tell their parents what is going on. they get brainwashed into lying and thinking it’s their fault they are being harassed. sending your daughter here to get help will only make it worse. this place should be shut down and the owners should be put in jail. girls should not be forced to eat or starved depending on their weight, adults should not be forcing the students to hurt the other students, you should not be forced to face a wall wearing only a robe for months on end, you should not have to be scared to ask to use the bathroom, you should not get your feet soaked in bleach for 45 minutes straight, you should not be physically abused for doing something that a man thinks is wrong. there is so many bad things that happen at this place and they lie about it all. never send your kids here. if i could give a place a 0/5 rating that’s what it would have

Review from Guidestar

47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Horrible. They mentally and physically abuse the girls. The girls are starved and forced to physically harm other girls. This is inhumane and cruel.

61

Board Member

Rating: 1

A CIRCLE OF HOPE ABUSES YOUNG WOMEN!! TAKE A STAND AND PUT AN END TO THEIR ABUSE!! BOYD AND STEPHANIE BOTH HIT AND INSTRUCT OTHER WOMEN ATTENDING THERE BORDING RANCH TO HIT AND ABUSE ANY WOMAN WHO IS IN THEIR EYES OUT OF LINE! STOP THE ABUSE!!!
#YOUARENOTALONE #STOPTHEVIOLANCE #STOPTHEABUSE

45

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This school is a cult. Filled with evil human beings disguised as followers of Christ. Girls who have been through this school have experienced horror, pain, and terror. These girls are abused mentally and physically and are thrilled to be out of this hell hole. Do not send your kids here. Please. Look into the reviews and do research before you consider sending your little girl here. Thank you

49

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

They do illegal stuff and beat children. They just use their little "ranch" as an excuse to hide the fact that they are cult. They delete all bad reviews so they seem so nice. This is a cult and people commit suicide because of it. Don't ever go here unless you wanna be sucked into a cult where you will probably end up not having a successful life.

38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

“help this charity get noticed”???? I HOPE THEY ALL ROT IN HELL. PEOPLE GOOGLE, LOOK THEM UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!! ITS A CULT

54 Abbey M.

Donor

Rating: 1

This place is disturbing and needs to be closed down

45

Advisor

Rating: 1

Honestly this is cult like activities they do not feed the children here they monitor all calls and letters they have to shower within five minutes or else there will be punishment and that includes getting dressed the abuse here is wild and they make it seem like you’re going to go to hell if you do anything wrong they put children through major kinds of abuse in this place needs to be shut down there’s currently an FBI investigation open up against them

41

Volunteer

Rating: 1

IF I COULD ITS A ZERO!! IF U SEE THIS DO NOT SEND ANYONE HERE THEY DELETE THE BAD REVIEWS AND ARE PHYSCO PEOPLE WHO ABUSE GIRLS AND STARVE AND DO SUCH BAD THINGS!!! LOOK IT UP

43

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This place, is a cult and goes completely against what the bible says, which they claim to believe in. All of the girls here, are abused mentally and physically. This place should be illegal. The punishment here is outrageous and the girls' rights are stripped from them. Their letters and phone calls are monitored so the girls cant tell you what is going on. The man that runs the place has punched girls, starved girls, cut their hair off, grabbed girls by their throats and slammed them to the ground, stomp on them, and much more. The girls are not even allowed to talk to each other or visit a doctor unless the leader of this place, which is really a cult, approved. Which is almost never. If you are what they consider "over weight" they will cut your food portions and will punish you for eating extra. If you are "under weight" they force you to eat extra. These aren't even all of the things that happen there. Even the leader's own daughter goes against them and is trying to spread awareness.

37

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is an extremely harmful and abusive place that can induce a lot of trauma. It did not help. Please, for the sake of your child’s mental health, do not send them here

41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I saw on a social media platform a girl that used to go here sharing her story. It’s horrible what you do to these girls. You starve them with only 3 meals a day, never give them free time to enjoy themselves and have any fun. I also heard that the couple that owns this place daughter that they beat her and her brother WITH GOLF CLUBS and made her brother soak his feet in bleach. They also monitored all of the girls staying there when they wrote notes or called their families. (So they couldn’t exape) Also, she started that the punishments were horrible horrible unimaginably bad. The former student that went there is so strong for being able to share her story and makes people like me care enough about this abuse to try and help. No child deserves to be treated like that and be abused, I firmly believe that the people that own this place deserve to go to prison and for the facility to be shut down( I hope that any good person would also believe that) This is a scam, people are paying for their children to go there and having to pay money, but they never get to actually know how their child is because the place knows that they are bad (evil) and doesn’t want parents to find out and take their kids out. This girl also said that she got out early by giving her parents hints and the owner gave them a very hard time and they finally had to get a lawyer. This whole ordeal makes me so mad that there are bad people out their like the owners and honestly makes me sick. I hope this review will contribute to help the police get involved or whatever needs to happen to shut this down.

Review from Guidestar

37

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE.

Circle of Hope Girls Ranch is a cult run by hypocritical, truly evil people who operate under the guise of being Christian. The girls are physically and mentally abused, meals are restricted, and this cult is an extreme example of how evil people obtain power and abuse it for their own fetishes. The first time I attempted to get my daughter away from this horrid place, I was sent away and was told I was not allowed to get my daughter. I was only allowed to pick MY daughter up after hiring a lawyer. All these people care about is having power over vulnerable girls and if they get lucky, a couple of the poor girls will get Stockholm syndrome.

This is an extremely evil and horrid place. Stay away for your own good. The physical and mental abuse is extreme and is absolutely NOT "christian".

This place needs to be shut down and the owners need to rot in jail. Absolutely horrible and inhumane.

30

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Tortures, starves, abuses, and mentality traumatized these girls. Do not go here

18

Client Served

Rating: 1

It’s horrible, don’t take your daughters there I had the worst time of my life and now I have ptsd

15

Volunteer

Rating: 1

DO NOT SEND YOUR KID HERE! THIS PLACE IS HORRIBLE, THEY ABUSE AND STARVE THE GIRLS.
Please do your research, it’s like hell on earth.

14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Horrible place, you should be ashamed of yourselves to even think you are following a godly path.