Chestnut Mountain, GA (PRWEB) September 17, 2013
Jack Capps wasn’t expecting to be called up front when he attended Eagle Ranch’s second annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. He was even more surprised to receive an award named after him: the Jack Capps Volunteer of the Year award. More than 150 people attended the recent event by Eagle Ranch, one of Georgia’s largest homes for children in crisis.
“Jack came to Eagle Ranch in 2001, offering to help us mow. With 270 acres of land, that’s a hard offer to refuse,” said Director of Facilities Tim Wilson. “Jack was in his 70s at the time but had more energy and stamina than most of us. He still does to this day.”
Capps is one of more than 400 volunteers who spend over 1,500 hours a year helping in a variety of roles: mowing and landscaping, providing meals, stitching quilts for each child, tutoring students at the on-campus Eagle Ranch School, providing dental and medical services for staff, repairing and maintaining equipment and many other services.
“Volunteers are so important to our organization,” said Founder and Executive Director Eddie Staub. “Their services help keep costs down and help our children see how much people in our community care about their well-being.”
Eagle Ranch provides residential care for up to 66 children on its campus, located in South Hall County in Chestnut Mountain, Georgia. The campus accommodates 24 girls and 42 boys in 10 homes. Each home is staffed by a live-in houseparent couple, creating a warm family atmosphere in each home. The Eagle Ranch programs focuses on development of a child in four key areas: emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual.
A SACS-accredited private school for grades 6-9 is located on the Eagle Ranch campus. Children in grades not served by the on-campus school attend quality Hall County schools near the Ranch. Eagle Ranch School classrooms are limited to 10 children per class and are staffed by a certified teacher and paraprofessional, who provide individual attention and meet each child at their point of academic need.
An equine therapy program is available for girls and boys to build trust, confidence and leadership skills. The 270-acre campus offers a variety of recreational opportunities for children. For more information about the Eagle Ranch program and how to volunteer or arrange a campus tour, visit EagleRanch.org or call 770-967-8500.
About Eagle Ranch:
Eagle Ranch works with struggling children, focusing on family restoration and reunification. Founded in 1985, the Ranch serves children from North Georgia and metro Atlanta, providing home life, counseling and education for children on a 270-acre campus in southern Hall County. Through its global outreach program – the Wings Initiative – Eagle Ranch also equips others called to develop homes for children in need. Eagle Ranch’s 2013 operating budget totals $3.5 million, which is 100 percent privately funded. The organization has been debt-free since its inception.