Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

Transitions

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We are humbled and pleased to be able to announce the opening of Circle T Ranch, a part of the Boys Ranch Town campus dedicated to meeting the needs of young men in BRT’s Transitional Living program. 

Circle T Ranch is appropriately named to signify that while these young men make this important transition (the “T”), they are encircled (the circle) with love and support from Christian men and women who care for them. Circle T Ranch has been covered in prayer from its inception, and we will continue to seek God’s plan for these buildings, these young men, and this program.

God led Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children and Boys Ranch Town to begin to dream of a place for our young adult men. At the same time He touched the hearts of some of our friends to help provide a place for this program to flourish. Circle T Ranch’s buildings, furnishings, and construction are generous gifts from Rick and Lisa Thompson and family and Jack and Brenda Christian and family. Mr. Christian wishes to remind us that we are all stewards of the money God entrusts to us. In his words, “It’s all God’s money.” We are extremely blessed that the Thompson and Christian families share this vision with us to provide hope and homes for young men. 

The beautiful structures that stand today were built by Wynn Construction. The craftsmanship and beauty of these homes goes beyond our expectations. We also thank Michael McCoy, Architect; Anthony Adams, a Pro Service Specialist with Lowe’s; Liz Metheny, Curtis Tucker, and Becky Page of Mathis Brothers Furniture; and Paul Bryan of Bryan’s Flooring. Each of these people gave special help to the construction and furnishing of Circle T Ranch.

The Transitional Living program offers a foundation for young men as they move from their teens with full time supervision to that of young men on their own. Studies show that only 2 to 4 percent of children who grow up in group care are able to further their education compared to the thirty-four percent of their peers in the general population. Our goal is to facilitate a transition for these young men as they begin their adult lives which will provide a safe environment for them to live on their own. At the same time they will have the support of a mentoring relationship with those that care about them as they take their first steps and move to a life of total independence.

Jonathan Chambers, a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, has joined the Boys Ranch Town staff as the new Transitional Living Coordinator. His role will offer him the opportunity to mentor these young men as well as to oversee the program while they follow the path that God sets before them. In Jonathan’s words, “A life of independence can only be achieved when we realize that we are totally dependent on Christ.”

May, 2014
Brent Thackerson, Administrator
Boys Ranch Town


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