Parent's Testimonies Page 2 

Every once in a long while, we are pleasantly surprised, and in a case like this one, we like to share. For the past 3 days, we visited our 15 year-old daughter at the Circle of Hope Girls Ranch. Prior to our visit, we had no idea what to expect. 5 months ago, when we sent our daughter to this school, we had pretty much lost all hope that she might have a safe, productive life. She was combative, self-destructive, running away, sexually active (to the point of trading sex with much older boys for minor conveniences such as cell phones), she had also become very adept at using the very liberal laws of the state of Washington against us as we attempted to parent her and keep her safe. It got so ludicrous that the state had appointed a lawyer to represent her (at our expense) so that all attempts to provide guidance to her could be litigated in a court of law by her lawyer (that we’d be paying for) against our lawyer (that we’d also be paying for) as the “meter” was running. Under this system, our simplest parental decisions were challenged and exploited.   During our 3-day visit to Circle of Hope, it was obvious to us that our daughter and the other 21 girls at this school are flourishing. Our daughter is happy, and now leading a very productive life. During our 3-day visit, we were at the school for 9 hours each day. As we visited with our daughter, we were able to observe the daily lives of the other 21 girls who live there. It was amazing to watch these 21 girls, who if they were not at this school, would be living lives of self-destructive chaos, now engaging in activities together as a team with joyful attitudes. Each girl that we met (and we met most of them) was happy, healthy, polite and positive. As we met with Mr. and Mrs. Householder – the administrators of the school – it was clearly obvious that they loved each and every girl at the school. Has our daughter gotten in trouble during the time she has been at this school? Yes. But each time she tested the system, corrective action was swift, consistent and fair and provided with unconditional love. Our daughter agrees with this and is clear on the fact that she feels that she is being treated lovingly. Because of this she is flourishing within this system. We would not be describing this place adequately if we did not state how beautiful this school is. It is set up in a ranch-like setting, with many different farm animals including: dogs, goats, pigs, chickens, horses – which all of the girls help care for and love. The grounds are pristine and safe. It’s as if our daughters are being raised in paradise. While we visited our daughter, she introduced us to each and every animal at the ranch. She had an intimate friendship with each,  and could tell us the history of each of the dozens of animals at the ranch. Our “hats are off” to Mr. and Mrs. Householder, who we think are saving lives of these girls who were lost before they came to them. If you are reading this, and you have a daughter for whom you have lost all hope, DO NOT give up. Instead, enroll her in Circle of Hope Girls Ranch and allow Mr. and Mrs. Householder to help you get your daughter back. 

D and K

10-9-2018

 

Dear Brother House and Stephanie,
Praying for you both and asking our Lord to Bless you for the ministry you do and the sacrifices you have made in your own life to help these girls and their families...We are very grateful for you both.
 
Our Love and Deep Appreciation,
 Love always and God's Blessings and Protection,
The Chamber's Family 
 
 
 
 
 
Our daughter has been at Circle of Hope for 6 years. She recently earned her high school diploma at Circle of Hope and is in the process of joining the Air Force. The quality education she received at Circle of Hope helped her perform extremely well on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery; the education she received also helped her pass the linguistics test! She now has the opportunity to select any job the Air Force has to offer!

We are absolutely convinced that our daughter would not have a high school diploma right now and would not have the option of joining the military were it not for Circle of Hope. Jesus Christ, through Circle of Hope, saved our daughter from getting involved in drugs, gangs, becoming pregnant or going to jail.

We are so very proud of our beautiful daughter and the wonderful young lady she has become. None of this would be possible were it not for working of Jesus Christ through Mr. and Mrs. Householder at Circle of Hope Girl's Ranch!

Do not believe the negative comments on the Internet.

Andrew and Julie Allbright

 
 

May 18, 2017

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

I have been involved in child care since 1989, trying to give a hand up to troubled children and hurting families. Many of the children are already destined for jail, psychiatric hospitals, life on the streets, or a life of addiction. Through placement in stable facilities, a second chance is given to these children.

About ten years ago, I was introduced to Boyd Householder and Circle of Hope. That was one of the greatest blessings for me and for the many girls I have referred to Circle of Hope. Bro. Householder strived to help that girl that no one else wanted, the family that was turned away by others, and the family /child that could not survive without someone who truly cared about helping. Bro. Householder is such a person, he deeply cares about saving the lives of the girls.

I believe the goal of Circle of Hope is to provide stability to each girl through Christian counseling, seeking accountability to the girl and structure to the family. Families do not call until they are in a crisis and need immediate help. Girls come in angry, manipulative, self-centered, and eager to destroy anything or anyone who would want them to be responsible. Bro. Householder and Stephanie Householder do not know what it means to give up on a child. They are committed to working with each child and to teach them responsibility, showing respect to others.

When I have a broken and hurting family, it has been such an encouragement to be able to call Circle of Hope and KNOW the family will not be turned away. I have used large facilities but they seem to just charge large fees and shuttle the girls through................having no long-term success. It takes a director who loves children and is devoted to stand in the gap for the families, a director who is strong in discipline, and who puts his own personal life on hold to care for the children of others.

Having been a licensed child care director in the state of Texas and having my own girls home for nine years, I realize the value in a child's life and saving the life of just one child is worth it all. Girls don't give respect or appreciate the compassion that comes from directors like Boyd Householder. The girls live for "the moment" and could care less about an enriched and stable life.

I could never say enough for my own respect and appreciation for Circle of Hope. Many girls are now very successful and on the path to a blessed life because Bro. Householder did not give up, he did not run from rumors and negative accusations, and he did not allow rebellion to hinder helping wounded and troubled girls.

Last, but not least, my own granddaughter has been at Circle of Hope for four years and it truly saved her life. Her life was full of lies, rebellion, running away, and hostility, but after just a few short weeks, Circle of Hope became her hope. She has finished school there, she has learned work ethics, she is in the process of going to college, and she is a very strong Christian girl who is right where she wants to be! When someone says negative things about the home she takes it very personal because she know without Bro. Householder and Circle of Hope, she probably would not be alive.

I can only say, that if we had more homes life Circle of Hope, we would have a better world for our children. As my granddaughter says, "it is such a privilege to be with Bro. Householder and Stephanie Householder because I know I would not have made it without them. It is sad that the streets are full of teenagers who will never get help because their parents will not stand strong and place them."

With respect,

Lynda Hollingsworth 

Retired Licensed Child Care Administrator And

Angel Wings Ministries (helping families find placements for their children)