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The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch has been awarded over $160,000 from the Missouri Housing Development Commission. KSMU’s Matt Evans has more on what the boys ranch plans to do with the money.
The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch will be constructing a 20 bed group home and a 20 unit apartment complex for young men through the ranch’s Footsteps Transitional Living Program. The program provides housing and support services to young men between the ages of 16-21 who are aging out of the foster care system.
“We started this program really to teach these boys how to make it on their own.”
That’s Julie Conway, a spokesperson for the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch. She says the program is designed for boys who would normally be faced with living on their own without a support system and the necessary skills to live by themselves.
“Currently we have a group home near Parkview High School that has ten beds and we have a waiting list anywhere from 10-15 boys.”
Conway says the grant will go toward building new facilities that will be able to accommodate all the boys on the waiting list. The ranch has a group home and apartment complex at two separate locations in Springfield, but has purchased some land on Norton Road and plans to consolidate both of those locations into the new one with the help of the grant.
The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch provides treatment to abused and neglected boys. It serves around 75 boys at its Brighton Ranch north of Springfield and another 25 in Springfield through the Footsteps program.
A groundbreaking for the new facilities is planned for the spring.
For KSMU News, I’m Matt Evans.