Mission: Peppers Ranch seeks to "break the cycle" of child abuse and neglect through housing, counseling and growth oriented activities. By creating a network of caring adults on whom children can depend, Peppers Ranch is committed to providing a safe environment where physical and emotional wounds can heal.
Results: Peppers Ranch seeks to break the cycle of abuse and neglect. While loving homes are the most important thing we provide, we also place a strong emphasis on improving educational outcomes. With only 50% of foster kids earning their high school diploma, we provide tutoring to assist the children in catching up with their same age peers. To date, any young person who has spent at least a year at Peppers Ranch (except one young man) has graduated with their high school diploma. We currently have one young man in the military serving in Afghanistan and four enrolled in college for the fall. Our children are notorious for earning "Student of the Month" in elementary school. Our parents model a healthy family system so the children learn appropriate parenting skills and relationship skills with a spouse. Our program has been so successful that we are in the process of building 3 additional homes to open in the fall of 2011.
Target demographics: Children in foster care ages birth to age 18 when they age out. After care program follows the kids that age out into early adulthood.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Children in Oklahoma Foster Care and those that have aged out. We currently assist 40 young people ages 6 months to 21 years old.
Geographic areas served: Oklahoma
Programs: Tutoring, Art Therapy, Horse Riding Program, Literacy Program, Nutrition Program and 4-H
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I am a Professional with over 30 years of experience in providing services to abused and abandoned children. I had the privilege to visit the foster care community at Peppers Ranch in January of 2015. What a wonderful place for children to find safety and encouragement. Well thought out program. I am encouraged that these homes are available to children in Oklahoma. Great Job!!!