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Whetstone Boys Ranch breaks new ground

Whetstone Stone Boys Ranch began a new chapter of development on May 3 as they broke ground on The Foundation House. Co-founder and Executive Director, Jeremy Thompson expressed a great deal of emotion during the ceremony, saying he is, “grateful for all the support of those helping to make this happen.”
The Foundation House is phase one of three phases Whetstone is calling 30 x 30, as co-founder and Director of Development Brandon Maxwell described in a ceremonial address stating, “The goal of these three phases is to have enough accommodation to serve thirty boys by the year 2030.”
Maxwell added that The Foundation House will accommodate enough space for nine more boys, doubling the number of boys they can currently serve. This new facility will also allow for live-in staff, commercial kitchen, dining space, private counseling office, living room area, and basement. Maxwell stated it could take up to a year before the facility is up and running. Along with more space, Whetstone is also looking to raise $250,000 during this first phase to help cover tuition for families who cannot afford to pay for the program. Whetstone serves families of boys age 12-16 who are facing struggles with anger, apathy, depression, relationships, trauma, self-esteem, and more. Each boy who enters the program at Whetstone has an average stay of 6-8 months. Boys enrolled in the Whetstone program receive an in-house academic education along with multiple experiences outside of classroom including hands on vocational training, outdoorsmanship, community service involvement and more.
Those interested in getting involved can find all of this information and more by visiting their website at whetstoneboysranch.com, or by calling 417-934-1112.




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