Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes
The purpose of Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes is to give our state's most at-risk children the love, safety, and structure needed to become mature, successful adults.
In the late 1950s, many Georgia sheriffs became increasingly concerned about the growing number of abandoned, neglected, and abused children. They understood it was vital – not just for the children, but for our state – to give these disadvantaged youth the chance to grow up in a loving and safe home environment. Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese serves as first vice president on the board of directors.
So in 1960, the sheriffs opened Georgia Sheriffs' Boys Ranch near Hahira, where children could learn:
Over the years, four additional homes have opened across the state for both boys and girls – providing thousands of disadvantaged youth the opportunity to live normal, positive lives in full-time residential facilities.
House parents instill in the children a strong work ethic, emphasizing education and training for future success. These values help prepare the children to become mature, responsible adults.
Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes also has an outdoor program, Camp Pioneer, in LaGrange on the Pineland Campus. A summer camp program is offered to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor experience.