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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.

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Community Stories

139 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

33

Client Served

Rating: 1

thank "god" the modern world is progressing...This is the dark side of archaic so called religion. It's repulsive that someone could be so ignorant and abusive to their children to send them here. You send your children here, you are just as responsible as these rapists running this perverted farm. Really mortifying. The parents on here sharing their "success" stories of their daughter being here for YEARS? Disgusting. You are just making excuses and hiding behind the bible as most sickos do. Really sick people. There is video and audio recording of the abuse taking place here. To argue with that is just ignorance. On the bright side, that generation is dying out, it's our world now, very soon nothing like this will ever be tolerated again.

Andrew M.12

Client Served

Rating: 1

Very awful place that treats there students like pieces of crap. They charge too much for what the offer as well this is a big scam.

83 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.

84

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.

78 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

100

Client Served

Rating: 1

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

76

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.

63

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.

Client Served

Rating: 1

they were horrible people and acted like a cult all of their ‘methods’ were illegal and abusive

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

DO NOT SEND YOUR DAUGHTER HERE! ABUSE IS OVER THE LINES AND MY DAUGHTER KILLED HERSELF BECAUSE OF IT. THIS NEEDS TO BE TAKEN DOWN.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I wish I could rate this place lower. It is absolutely Disgusting and upsetting what "brother house" is putting young girls through. VERY DISTASTEFUL. Its cheap, abusive not only physically bit mentally. And my daughter had basic human rights taken from her like the PRIVELIGE of using a tampon. Once I was finally able to pry her out of this "brothers" hands (with a lawyer) I had saw all the bruises and what haircut he called a punishment. Not only was she covered in bruises but she began to tell me what hell hole the conditions where. She told me that girls planning and trying to escape happened on a daily basis. There is so much more to so please parents do not make the mistake of handing over you child as a last resort.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

DO NO SEND YOU KIDS THERE!!! IT'S HELL AND IT'S DISGUSTING. NO HUMAN BEING SHOULD LIVE LIKE THIS. THEY ARE MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY AND SEXUALLY ABUSED. It's not right and it just shouldn't be happening. It's not okay what they are doing and not many people know what is happening. They are getting sexually abused by the owner, they are getting restrained to the floor and getting all the weight of many members at their pressure points. People are starting to speak out but the owner has a contact with the police, so they are never going to shut down. We need people to help and to understand that it's not okay what they are doing. Just saying the girls need help, and the abuse is never going to stop.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

this is a cult pretending to help people’s kids. they abuse and sexually harass the girls there even the daughter of the owners came out and said they abused her, they throw kids down on the ground and make others put a lot of pressure on their pressure points. do NOT let your daughter go here under ANY circumstances.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Please do not send your child to circle of hope. Once you send them there, there’s no way of getting them out. They use different abusive techniques to brainwash your child.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I attended COH for two years. there i brainwashed into thinking i would burn in hell if i did anything wrong. this place is truly horrible. i strongly recommend that NO ONE sends their daughter here. this is not the answer to any problems you and your daughter are facing. there are better alternatives. COH is extremely strict to the point where juvy would have been better. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE. FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I KNOW THIS PLACE IS UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS.

Board Member

Rating: 1

This place abuses young women and puts them through absurd tortures. Do not support them, they all deserve to rot in jail.

Board Member

Rating: 1

Please don’t send your child here. This is a fake organization which uses God’s name in vain. If you are a true Christian and believe in Jesus Christ, this is not a place for your child. Jesus would not condone of this type of behavior by the mentors. The behavior by these “teachers” are abusive and destructive. Your child will come out worse than it came in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place is DISGUSTING and abusive. I can not believe this place is still open when there are multiple claims of abuse there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Wish I could give this place no stars. I went to cirlcle of hope in 2013. During my stay in was abused mentally, physically, verbally. The mental and verbal abuse was I was always being Told that I was useless and I was never gonna make it anywhere in life, I was told I was stupid and ugly and had no potential and that I’d live in that home till I died. The physical abuse was we were literally dragged out of bed at 5 in the morning and made us make our bed and get dressed in less than 5 minutes. They would then make us go outside and do chores and clean the chicken coops and stuff like that. Then by that time it was 7 and we would go inside and stand around the table for 30 minutes quoting whole passages from the Bible, and if you messed up you didn’t get to eat breakfast. After breakfast they would make us go do more chores until school started. Before lunch we would then again have to stand there for 30 minutes and quote more passages from the Bible. If you messed up you couldn’t eat and they’d make you Do push-ups or be in the ‘plank’ position the entire time, and they would purposely make the girls eat slower so you’d have to be there longer and if you fell you didn’t get dinner either. After lunch if you were ‘fat’ in there eyes you would have to go run 3 miles and if you puked or stopped you couldn’t eat the next meal, and you got 3 extra miles added. After dinner we had to go do more chores for 2 more hours and clean and do outside work. After that it would be shower time and you had to get undressed and get your shower stuff in less than 3 minutes, and you’d have to sit in the hallway in your bra and underwear with just a towel around you and if you were lucky enough to have a big one. Each girl got 3-5 minutes showers if you went over that time, for the next 3 days you got 3 minute cold showers and they would walk in their open the curtain on you and check. And this 3-5 minute shower included you had to take your bra and underwear off wash your body and hair and then dry off and put them back on in that little time. After shower time we would then have to read our bibles for an hour before bed. That was a typical day at circle of hope. The amount of abuse that goes on in that place messes you up so much, to have to watch the girls be physically restrained and choked to where they can’t breathe messed up your mind. I’ve seen girls get kicked and pushed to the ground and made to work to their literal breaking point. So if your reading this please do not send your kids here, please don’t. Expose circle of hope and get them shut down for good!!

557

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.

427

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?

343

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

293

Client Served

Rating: 1

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

289

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

218

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.

186

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.

157

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!

125

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.

140

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!

145

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!!

106

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.

110

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.

95

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

88

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

82

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.

67

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!!

64

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.

60

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.

62

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.

51

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!

47

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.

51 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

46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

45

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

Volunteer

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.

282

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.

253

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

262

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.

183

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.

180

Client Served

Rating: 1

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

147

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.

136

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

171 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.

137

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

117

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.

103

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.

94

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.

78

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.

80

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.

74

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.

71

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

51

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.

65

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

50

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