About Us

Healing Children and Families



New Horizons was founded in 1971 as a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed boys on 150 acres in Goldthwaite, TX. A number of boys from a treatment center near Austin were taken on a camping trip, on the land that is presently “The Ranch” in Goldthwaite. They were so successful in the more open, individualistic environment that a decision was made to build a permanent residence.

Originally known as Camp Pecan Bayou, the name was changed to New Horizons in 1974. (This was the result of a group effort by the boys to decide on a name which better expressed the purpose and was easier to spell!) The first girl was admitted to the program in 1978.


“New Horizons has saved and changed countless lives…including my own.”

Former Child, New Horizons

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