The T. Boone Pickens Foundation focuses grants to organizations that operate in its core giving categories (see About TBPF). The current partner spotlight is Goldthwaite, Texas-based New Horizons Ranch & Center Inc. (New Horizons), whose mission is to provide an environment where children, families and staff are able to heal and grow through caring relationships and unconditional love and acceptance.
A $1.83 million gift from the Pickens Foundation, presented in December 2007, is enabling New Horizons to completely renovate its Residential Treatment Center, commonly known as the Ranch, in Goldthwaite. The 150-acre, newly refurbished center including three homes, a chapel, school facility, kitchen and dining rooms, among other amenities, will provide individualized, intensive residential treatment programs for boys and girls ranging in ages seven to 17, suffering from emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems.
New Horizons PhotoI’ve become more and more concerned with youth at-risk in Texas and across the nation,” Mr. Pickens says. I’ve also become more appreciative of those on the front-lines in helping address this issue. When I heard about the good work being done at New Horizons, it was an easy sell. They do great work, and I hope my gift makes them even more effective in the years to come.
New Horizons will serve more than 1,200 children and families each year in surrounding Texas communities through its continuum of care. New Horizons is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDPRS), and is a member of the Texas Alliance for Child and Family Services.
The organizations mission statement holds that children are our future, and therefore our first priority that children deserve nurturing relationships free from chaos, abuse and neglect. Our aim is to surround children with the most dynamic, involved, committed, caring, and quality adults who provide the arena of relationships as an avenue for change. Our staff is provided with the tools, experiences, and expectations to profoundly and deeply affect the lives of children they are around.
The Pickens award is a significant step toward that end.
Many of the children and youth served by New Horizons have experienced significant trauma and loss, and need the intensive treatment surrounded by supportive relationships that the Ranch can provide, says New Horizons executive director Michael Redden. Mr. Pickens’ gift and interest in New Horizons will help ensure these critical needs are met for children of Texas and that they continue to be met in quality, family-like facilities. We are so grateful to him for helping us continue our efforts in such a significant way.