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Flanagan, Illinois
Brent Ketring, Executive Director

Salem Ranch is a licensed residential Christian boarding school for young men ages 12-18 years old who have issues with substance abuse, running away, truancy , poor grades, disregard for rules and curfews, violent outburst and hostility at home toward family members, sexual promiscuity and body disfigurement.

The original Salem Orphanage changed its name in 1944 to Salem Children's Home and in 1985 the introduction of an equine program became part of Salem's ministry. In 2001, with the integration of academics, life skills training, equine experience and Christian based teachings, Salem Ranch was developed. Salem Ranch became a licensed boarding school in 2006. Administrative staff at the Ranch includes Brent Ketring, MDiv, is the Executive Director, Mike Hansen is the Principal and Jo Simmons is the Equine Director.

Students at Salem Ranch participate in Christian counseling with daily devotions, Bible studies, chapel, church, Sunday school and youth group and individual therapy and equine therapy.

Approximately 70 horses are donated annually for the students to tend. This includes feeding, grooming, cleaning the stalls, learning to ride and show the horses, and taking part in training. They also take an active role in conditioning and preparing the horses for the Ranch's annual auction.

Salem Ranch is located on 100 acres, with a gymnasium, tennis courts, a ball field, a park, an equine center with a heated indoor riding area and a heated wood working shop.

[This information came from the Salem Ranch website.]


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