This so-called facility located in Jasper, Georgia is marketed as a Christian facility. However the way it is run does not sound like it is following the general concept of Christianity.
Testimonies from former residents sound like this:
I wish verbal abuse was as far as it went with the joy house but unfortunately physical abuse was present as well. Overall this was a completely deflating and saddening experience that will hopefully teach our family how to NOT act. Extremely disappointed in the judgement, abuse and heartache that was cause by this establishment. The path to Christ is not through these doors.
I was in a center for “troubled teens” in Jasper, Georgia known as The Joy House. They practiced physical punishment, conversion therapy on the lbgt community, and believed mental disorders were demon possessions. They fed stale, moldy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to residents that caused trouble and locked them in the bathroom for hours, sometimes days. After I attempted to run away I was locked in the bathroom for two days in nothing but my underwear. They ignored my complaints of pain which resulted in me landing in the hospital and having to have surgery for a kidney stone that was stuck. I was unable to urinate at this point and had a severe kidney infection. They refused to give any form of pain medication. They also ignored my need for birth control which resulting in me becoming anemic. I would have my period for 14 days and be off it for three before starting over. I went through a box of super tampons every three days. This is just a basic overview.
I was placed in there for good reasons, and I had requested a treatment program. I had severe ptsd after losing my virginity to rape and began to drink heavily and use substances (adderal and cocaine). I missed four months of school due to hospitalization and skipping school. My mother chose The Joy House for me and did not involve me in the decision. Her choice was made purely because it was Christian.
The Joy House has sense banned children with substance abuse issues or severe mental disorders. I use quotations around troubled teens because to be honest, most of us in there just had middle class parents that didn’t want to deal with them. One of my close friends was placed in there because she discovered her father was into some unsavory things (off limits because I do not wish to divulge her issues) and attempted to confront him. My roommate was in there because she got caught smoking weed.
My first job out of college (I have a psychology degree) was at a group home for teenage girls and we had two clients from the same rehabilitation center. They both reported similar situations to mine despite not knowing I had been a resident there. After receiving this information I issued a report to the Department of Family and Children Services. I was told DFCS cannot intervene due to them being a private organization.
What can you do?
It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
The Joy House in Jasper Georgia trys to hide the truth (Fican Network)
The Family also known as “Great White Brotherhood” and “Santiniketan Park Association” was founded in the early 1960’s. A number of children were adopted into the community. The children were subjected to a number of drugs including LSD. In 1987 the children were removed by the authorities and the founders charged with various crimes. Due to legal complications the owners were only fined.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
The police found the bruises on some boarding school students were too severe to be justified according to the law. While this boarding school like so many make use of corporal punishment the court now have to decide whether the employees were out of line. Sources have told us that the bruising were “ordinare” and what both students and parents should expect when they sign kids up for a stay in a religious based Baptist boarding school. The police came to another conclusion.
But based on the common knownledge about how it is to be student at such a place it is safe to state that it wasn’t fun.
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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.
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- Factsheet of the facility (Fornits Wiki)
The authorities raided the facility December 2016.
Grace of God Boy’s Home was a so-called Christian orientated group home located in Corpus Cristi, Texas.
It was closed down by the DHS in Texas in the early 1990’s. Corporal punishment was used at this place.
It was run by Gerald and Nancy Provorse.
Fortunately it is closed now and exist only in the nightmares amond those who was so unfortunate to end up there abandoned by their families.
It didn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- (Texas Monthly jan 1992)
- Beware the Grace of God (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora)