Even just the thought of placing your daughter in a Christian boarding school can cause conflicting emotions for parents. Discouragement, hopelessness, disappointment, uncertainty, and anger can try to rule the day, at times simultaneously! In all the chaos, a simple beacon of hope and truth can help to provide direction. It is our hope that we can provide that beacon of hope as we introduce to you Gateway Freedom Ranch in Northwest Montana.
TransformationGateway Freedom Ranch, above all else, seeks to provide conditions where various types of transformation may take place. Transformation is a word that means complete change or metamorphosis. A beautiful picture of metamorphosis is the butterfly. One thing that is required for the caterpillar to metamorphose into a butterfly is shelter from all possible negative influences and exposure to all possible or necessary positive influences. Given the right environment, the caterpillar enters the cocoon and changes into a beautiful butterfly over time. In a similar way, the girls who come to Gateway Freedom Ranch enter our healthy, safe environment here in rural Montana, away from outside, negative influences, to work on themselves and be transformed into young ladies, manifestly different people from who they were when they arrived.
Heart TransformationMost girls who enroll in a treatment program struggle in their relationships, especially in how they relate to those in authority over them. This takes the form of rebellion, disrespect, defiance, or worse. Changes demonstrated during time in a treatment program that fade upon return home were never true heart changes to begin with. Gateway Freedom Ranch is all about true Heart Transformation. We know that we are unable to force a girl’s heart change, but there’s great news! We DO know how to create the conditions under which true heart change is more likely to happen. Some of the things we do at Gateway Freedom Ranch to create conditions where true heart transformation can take place include:
- Weekly church
- Daily devotions
- Weekly youth group in Eureka
- Soaking times (Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God”).
- One-off youth group times in Whitefish
- Fresh Life Saturday nights in Kalispell
- Various other service projects around town
Transforming Your HomeTransforming your home comes through our parent weekends held three times each year. Here we work on teen-parent reconciliation, teen-parent communication, setting boundaries and establishing rules with consequences that line up with your family’s values. Transforming your home comes through ongoing communication with parents from our Program Director during your daughter’s residency. These calls will be focused mostly on your progress toward personal health as parents. No parent is perfect, so there is always room for growth! Transforming your home comes from the full years’ worth of after-care for you and your family, provided by Gateway Freedom Ranch to you at no additional charge. Once your girl leaves, your financial commitment is complete, but our commitment to your success goes on for another year! Transforming your home may look like your daughter suggesting, and the entire family going(!), to visit seniors at a nursing home just around the corner from where you live…followed by ice cream?! It may look like offering to serve together at a local soup kitchen once a month. Or it could be something as simple as having a family Bible time at the end of each day. No matter what it looks like, it will feel so good and right when the peace and purpose you are looking for in your family is a reality!
Educational TransformationGateway Freedom Ranch provides a fully-accredited, year-round academic program whose student to teacher ratio will not exceed 10:1. We have the ability to provide an educational setting where your daughter, if sufficiently motivated, can complete between 1 ½ and 2 years of academic work in a year’s time. Our school is in session year-round and students work at their own pace; so you may enroll your daughter at any time.
- Fully accredited courses
- Individually tailored education plans
- Self-paced curriculum provides ideal support for students with learning disabilities
- Students with proper motivation may complete 1½ – 2 years’ credit in one year
- Weekly goals are tracked with instructors on a daily basis
- Year-round school and self-paced curriculum allows enrollment at any time
- Challenging curriculum designed to prepare college-bound and non-college-bound students