364. Blessed Hope Boys Academy

This facility is marketed as a religious boarding school for male teenagers aged between 12 and 17. It is located in Robertsdale, Alabama. The management seems have been working for some of the infamous religious boarding schools in Missouri.

Communication with peers back home is restricted. The curriculum is ACE which makes it hard to be accepted into most colleges.

Spending time where you don’t achieve real credits and missing out of high school parties makes it safe to state that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.


UPDATE 2017:

The authorities raided the facility December 2016.


UPDATE 2018:

After the state of Alabama closed a legal loophole allowing them to inspect religious schools, the founder Pastor Gary Wiggins moved his operations to Missouri, where this loophole continues to exist. In Missouri, the state do not care about the safety of children in religious boarding schools. Instead the state of Missouri picks up the pieces when people are hurt or they are killed. And deaths there have been. Teenagers escaping a facility “Lives under Construction” or LUC Ranch killed an elderly couple. Two teenagers killed another when they tried to escape “Mountain Park Academy”.

It is a mystery why the state of Missouri allows this legal loophole to exist.

Religious boarding school raided in Alabama reopens in Missouri (al.com)

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About Rotsne

Danish immigrant, but very integrated. After having worked for another research center, I have recently started working for International Culture Exchange where I serve the youth and their families wanting to become an exchange student.

13 responses to “364. Blessed Hope Boys Academy”

  1. Jay says :

    Hey i was in this boys home and i have details if u want them i also have 9. Friends who where there plzzzz respond this place needs to be exposed and shut down

    • Claudia Rowland says :

      My family is considering referring a teen to this program. What can you tell me about your experience?

    • ACV says :

      I’m a reporter for AL.com and would love to talk with you and your friends about your experience. I can be reached at avollers (at) AL (dot) com. Thanks.

    • rebekah says :

      Please comment. I am considering this place for my son.

      • Susan says :

        Rebekah….Do not send your child to this place. If you have questions, let me know, we can talk.

    • shannon says :

      Hey would you contact me please.

      • Susan says :

        Shannon…Has anyone replied to your comment yet? Do you need to talk to someone about this place?

    • Susan says :

      Jay…I just came across your information when searching BHBA. I would like to talk if you are willing.

    • Cade A McWilliams says :

      I was in the Blessed Hope Boys Home yes it was a home of structure and a home where the Bible was always mentioned and brought up at the notice of each mess up a bit would do Brother Gary also ran a men’s home while I was there on my second stay did I like it yes to a point but when they constantly get onto you for stupid things and take your freedom away you no longer want to be there I would never go back

    • Cressent Carole says :

      Hello Jay,
      I am a reporter and I would like to listen to your experience.
      Could you contact me on the following email address.
      Many thanks

  2. Jenn says :

    This message is for Gary. I am a mother of four , I love my children . They are by no means perfect. But if any one of them came to me and said they were gay or lesbian.I would embrace them and let them know how proud I was for having the courage to tell me. They are not gay. But they know that their sexual preference is not an issue. It’s not what you think that matters. God loves all of his children. You are a bully.. If I had a chance to speak to you further maybe I can convert you love everyone. God is very disappointed in youjj

  3. Mike says :

    I saw this place on 20/20. It’s a pray away or beat away the gay. Apparently the place was raided in December (2016) and 25 boys were removed. Apparently the Seminole Baptist Church ran this. They have a link to the boys academy and it brings up a blank page. Hopefully this place has been shut down.

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