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If you have limited income, we’ve prepared a list of lower cost programs (generally $1,200 or less per month). Please contact these programs directly — we cannot contact them for you or on your behalf. DISCLAIMER: We have no formal affiliation with programs listed below, but we offer them as helpful suggestions for programs offering quality low-cost services. Be sure to check them out carefully:

* HOUSE OF HOPE (Several locations nationally) House of Hope is a national system of non-denominational, non-profit treatment organization with homes dedicated to helping troubled teens between the ages of 13-17. House of Hope provides residential care where teenagers are nourished, protected, healed and reconciled with their families. Their program offers counseling, academic assistance, and prayer. (WEB: www.nationalhouseofhope.org)

* PROJECT PATCH (Garden Valley, ID) Project PATCH is a licensed and accredited residential therapy program for boys or girls age 12 – 17, run by the Seventh Day Adventist denomination. Project Patch provides certified counselors to provide group and individual therapy, accredited academics, and residential care. Sliding scale tuition based on financial need. (WEB: www.projectpatch.org) Phone: 360.690.8495

* FLYING H YOUTH RANCH (Naches, WA). Boys age 14-17 years. Tuition based on a sliding scale. (WEB: www.flyh.org) Phone: 509-658-2990

* YOUTH-REACH (Houston, Texas and Louisiana) Christian youth program includes a 14-month residency, personalized Christian education, counseling, life skills, recreation, music. Boys ages 12-21 are accepted by application and interview. The prospective resident must have a clear desire to change his lifestyle. (WEB: www.youth-reach.org) Phone: 281-459-4555

* HAPPY HILL FARM (Granbury, TX) (WEB: www.happyhillfarm.org) Phone (254) 897-4822

MOUNTAIN STATES CHILDRENS HOME (Longmont, CO) for boys or girls ages 3 – 17, though the program houses mostly teens. Sliding scale tuition based on family income, Christian counseling and academics are part of the program. (WEB: www.msch.org). Phone-303-776-6841

C DIAMOND C YOUTH RANCH (New Mexico) Boys age 13-17. (WEB: www.cdiamondcyouthranch.org)

FRENCH CAMP ACADEMY (French Camp, MS) Christian, low cost or scholarship to low-income families able to demonstrate financial need. (WEB: www.frenchcamp.org). Phone: 662-547-6482

TEXAS BOYS RANCH (Lubbock, TX). Program enrolls 24 boys, ages 12-17, counseling, boys attend public schools and there is a sliding scale fee. Phone: 806-747-3187

CAL FARLEYS CHILDRENS PROGRAMS (Located in several locations in Texas).Christian residential care for boys or girls age 5-18 who no longer have a home, or do not live with their parents. Call: (800) 687-3722. (WEB: www.calfarleysboysranch.org). No longer taking kids with behavioral issues.

FAITH RANCH (Uvalde, Texas). Boys up to age 16. Residential care is $830+ per month based on financial situation. Phone 210-232-6611.

HOLY HIGHWAY FOR GIRLS (Pickton, Texas). (WEB: www.holyhighway.com) Phone 903-866-3300.

MERCY MINISTRIES FOR WOMEN (Tennessee) Residential Program for girls under 18 in Tennessee. National programs for girls over 18 available also. (WEB: www.mercyministries.org).

TEXAS BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOMES (Round Rock, Texas) TBCH is a private, non-profit organization. TBCH operates on a sliding scale fee, which is determined by the family’s ability to contribute toward the child’s care. (WEB: //www.childrenatheartministries.org) Phone: (512) 255-3682

(WEB: //www.pdap.com/sahome.htm) Palmer Drug Abuse Program

10223 Boys Ranch Road, San Angelo, Texas 76904 Phone: (325) 949-1936
Toll Free: 800-756-9827 (WEB: www.wtbr.org) Email: wtbr@wtbr.org

New Beginnings Ministries (web: //www.nbministriesmo.com)

Anchor Academy, Van Deuser, MO //anchoracademymo.org/index.html

Calvary Christian Boarding Academy, Eufaula, OK //www.calvarybaptistministries.net/

BETHANY’S HOUSE — Christian ministry for pregnant women, age 18 and over providing a free residential program for adoption-minded women.  For more information call 1-800-454-0454 or 209-526-3342. (WEB: www.bethany.org)

Blessed Hope Boys Academy

JOB CORPS (Free – NATIONWIDE) Job Corps is a free education and vocational skills training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. If you are interested in placing your teen in a Job Corp program in your area, call (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627. An operator will provide you with information about Job Corps, place you in touch with the admissions counselor closest to where you live, and mail you an information packet about the Job Corp program.

NATIONAL GUARD CHALLENGE PROGRAM — A preventive youth-at-risk program, targets unemployed drug-free and law-free high-school dropouts, 16 to 18 years of age.  Core components of the program are citizenship, academic excellence (GED/high school diploma attainment), life-coping skills, community service, health and hygiene, skills training, leadership/followership, and physical training. The five-month residential phase is followed by a year-long mentoring relationship with a specially trained member from each youth’s community (Web: www.ngycp.org)

Alaska Military Youth Academy Challenge Program – 907-384-6017
Arizona Project Challenge – 480-988-4100
Arkansas Youth Challenge – 501-212-5344
Grizzly Youth Academy (California)- 1-800-926-0643
Florida Youth Challenge Academy – 1-866-276-9304
Fort Gordon Youth Challenge Academy (Georgia)- 706-791-5950
Fort Stewart Youth Challenge Academy (Georgia)- 912-767-2666
Hawaii Youth Challenge Academy – 808-673-7530
Lincoln’s Challenge (Illinois) – 217-892-1315
Kentucky Bluegrass Challenge Academy – 502-624-3698
Louisiana Youth Challenge – 1-800-CAMP-KID
Freestate Challenge Academy (Maryland)- 410-306-1804
Michigan Youth Challenge Academy – 269-968-1397
Mississippi Youth Challenge – 1-800-507-6253
Montana Youth Challenge Program – 1-877-367-6927
Nevada Youth Challenge Program – 775-885-8201
New Jersey Challenge Youth Program – 609-562-0571
New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy – 1-800-366-9098
Tarheel Challenge Youth Program (North Carolina)- 1-800-573-9966
Thunderbird Youth Academy (Oklahoma)- 918-824-4850
Oregon Youth Challenge Program – 541-317-9623 ext 223
Puerto Rico Youth Challenge Program – 787-260-1757
South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy – 803-896-6480
Seaborne Challenge (Texas)- 409-741-7131
Virginia Commonwealth Challenge – 1-800-796-6472
West Virginia Mountaineer Challenge Academy – 1-800-529-7700
Wisconsin Challenge Academy – 608-269-9000
Wyoming Youth Challenge – 307-836-7500

YOUTH BUILD USA –In YouthBuild programs, unemployed and undereducated young people ages 16-24 work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people.  To find a location near you, click here.  For more information, call 617-623-9900.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration–Online directory to help locate treatment facilities for adolescents and adults. Call 1-800-622-HELP; 1-877-767-8432 (Spanish); 1-800-487-4889 (TDD). (WEB: //findtreatment.samhsa.gov/)

FIND A COUNSELOR NEAR YOU (online search tools):

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Low-cost, affordable Christian boarding schools. These inexpensive boarding schools are generally subsidized by donations or a foundation.