Program

Boys Home is more than a place to live. It is a place to grow.


What does it cost?

Families are charged on a sliding scale according to their ability to pay for the services. No boy is turned away due to his family’s inability to pay, and extensive scholarships are available. To offset expenses, we are supported by donors, fundraising, grants, and other forms of support.

Who lives at Boys Home?

Boys ranging in age from 6 to 17 live here. A group of counselors, teachers, mentors, and administrators lives with them to help them grow into healthy, confident men.

Who sends a boy to live here?

Parents
Social workers
Guardians

Why send a boy to live here?

It is natural to wonder why someone might entrust a boy to us. Here are some of the reasons:

  • The boy lives in an unsafe environment.
  • The boy is falling behind academically.
  • The family is unable to provide for the boy.
  • The boy lives near unhealthy influences.
  • The boy has repeated truancy issues or lacks direction.
  • The boy has had legal issues that threaten his long-term future.

It is not a reflection of lack of love or concern to consider Boys Home. In many cases, bringing a boy to grow with us is the most loving thing one can do.

How the process works


For over a century, we’ve had a plan that has been proven to ease the transition for our students.

Phase I

Welcome and evaluation

30 to 60 days

  • Boys live in a communal group home with other new arrivals.
  • The welcome phase allows your boy to consider the benefits of a new way of life.
  • This provides time for a complete mental, academic, and personal evaluation.
  • It is a time of mutual understanding. We learn about your boy’s needs and he makes friends, begins the process of catching up academically, and becomes comfortable with the structure, supervision, and assistance he can depend on at Boys Home.

The first experience of communal living in a rural setting can be challenging for some boys, but they quickly see how much more life and relationships have to offer.

Phase II

Independent living

  • Following a successful evaluation phase, boys move to family-style cottages with other boys.
  • They live under the direct care and nurture of trained house parents.
  • Independent living allows boys to grow and become self-sufficient, gathering the life skills they’ll need in the future to be successful adults.
  • The time boys spend in Independent Living varies, depending on the age of the boy and their needs.

To support the boys through the growth process, daily activities are scheduled for each cottage. They also participate in our campus work program to teach them the reward of putting in a good day’s work. Boys attend chapel and other scheduled activities designed to give them structure, interaction, and opportunities to grow.

Phase III

Experiential living

  • Young men build life skills with a focus on preparing them to transition into adulthood in the outside world.
  • They are encouraged to take part in a wide range of campus and community activities, including recreation, sports, our scout troop, and church programs.
  • We help them plan for life after Boys Home and build confidence in the skills they will need to succeed.

Education

The Greer Education Center on the Boys Home campus is a modern school with the specific focus on helping students academically catch up with others on their own grade levels. The Greer Education Center offers:

  • Facilities and technology on par with Virginia’s public schools
  • A committed, experienced teaching staff
  • A very low teacher-to-student ratio
  • Tutorial sessions whenever a boy needs them
  • A proven track record of accelerating learning and grade level
  • An atmosphere that fosters curiosity and instills academic confidence

In addition to academics, boys are encouraged to participate in activities such as sports, drama, and other extra-curricular pursuits.

We are always there

We are there any time a boy needs us with:

  • Computer classes to address remedial and educational needs
  • Tutoring sessions for remedial reading, study skills, and academic improvement
  • Required and supervised nightly study hall
  • Computers to develop computer literacy and assist in educational projects
  • Psychological help is available when needed through a certified counselor

Boys Home certification and approval by:
The Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Social Services

Skills for living

In addition to education, boys receive character education as part of everyday offerings that are integrated into all campus activities.

  • Skills training
  • Assigned chores and areas of personal responsibility
  • Social skills
  • Scheduled activities
  • Spiritual activities
  • Physical education and nature activities

Boys Home has developed a five-group citizenship program that boys advance in based on their overall behavior, attitude, leadership, and educational progress. In order for students to be promoted to a higher group and receive additional privileges, they must meet requirements and be recommended.

A plan for the future

By giving young men structure, education, and spirituality, and by demonstrating a commitment to their needs, we give them a real chance to succeed in the world. We give them opportunities to not just think about what is next, but to get excited about their possibilities.

  • Helping explore educational opportunities after high school including college and technical schools
  • Building good work habits that will transition to any job
  • Opportunities to help at our Christmas Tree Farm
  • On-campus vocational programs
  • Exposure to career opportunities through the military or government service
  • Financial literacy

Fun and friends

Boys Home offers a full range of recreational opportunities:

  • Team sports, including basketball, flag football, baseball, and more
  • Individual sports like swimming, weightlifting, and martial arts
  • Outdoor activities including hiking, ice skating, sledding, fishing, and camping
  • Equestrian program
  • Field trips are planned to local ski areas, a bowling alley, state parks, and college campuses
  • Scouts
  • Hunter safety program
  • Chess club
  • Music activities
  • Public service and school activities

While we’re serious about helping boys, we understand that being a boy and growing up strong includes friendship, fun, and laughter.

HIPAA Statement

Boys Home complies with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations. Each guardian will receive documentation to review and sign at admission.

Civil Rights

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.