Gateway to Life Ranch will be located on Grayton Road in Ohatchee, Alabama. This 20 acre location is ideal for meditation, enjoyment and spiritual healing. The ranch will offer summer camps; retreats for Churches and other organizations; day trips for schools; afterschool facilities; mentoring programs; and leadership programs for the larger communities. The ranch will be equipped with a Chapel, a dining hall, a recreational room and overnight accommodations for up to 50 children and their chaperones. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, swimming, canoeing, tag football, basketball, soccer, etc.
The overall purpose of the Ranch is to reach the next generation while creating a gateway where children can find new beginnings. The Ranch will be used to serve all children. However, our target population will be children that are economically disadvantaged and/or at risk. The children will enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and cabins that will be specially designed by the founder of the ranch.
The Ranch officially opened in 2012. Each program will be put in place at a rate that is consistent with the needs of the community and the Ranch's ability to offer each program. We are excited to announce that the Ranch has started a Mentoring Program for young boys and girls. We are in partnership with Anniston Middle School, Saks Middle School and Randolph Park Elementary. Our mentors visit once a week. The Camp Lewis Detention Center visits the Ranch twice a month for community service. Before work begins, we have a speaker speak with the boys about life choices. Our mentors work with the teens as they complete the community service. After community service is completed, a group of volunteers prepares a home- cooked lunch. During lunch time our mentors are able to speak to the young men about things happening in their lives.