Good Samaritan Boys Ranch Celebrates Red-Flag Response Grant

CFO Executive Vice President Julie Leeth (right) presents a $20,000 Red-Flag Response Grant to board members of the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch.

CFO Executive Vice President Julie Leeth (right) presents a $20,000 Red-Flag Response Grant to board members of the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch.

The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch celebrated the ribbon cutting for its new facility in north Springfield with a presentation of the Community Foundation’s $6,000 Red-Flag Response Grant for the transitional living program for young men.

With space for 20 residents, the new facility at 424 Norton Road will double the capacity of the facility it is replacing. The residents, who will move in later this week, come to the Transition House from the residential treatment program in Brighton. They work or go to school, with several attending Ozarks Technical Community College and Missouri State University this fall in addition to those enrolled at nearby Hillcrest High School.

“To know where these kids have come from, this is pretty phenomonal,” Director Kevin Killian said of the college students.

They also learn life skills such as cooking and managing finances at the Transition House, said Casey Wray, director of the Footsteps transition program. The program serves young men ages 16-21 who are in state foster care.

The Community Foundation’s Red-Flag Response grant funded the furniture and equipment in the downstairs residential wing. The Good Samaritan Boys Ranch is the first of the 19 recipients of the Red-Flag Response grants to have a formal check presentation after successfully raising the 1-to-1 matching funds required by Feb. 28, 2011. The 2010-11 Metropolitan Springfield grantmaking round was designated for existing programs with proven results that address the red-flag issues cited in the 2009 Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County.

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