Each year young men and women between the ages of 10-24 come to the Timothy Hill Children's Ranch in Riverhead. Students are placed in the Timothy Hill Ranch residential program usually in a desperate time of crisis that causes them to face difficult times in school resulting in poor attendance, study habits, classroom behavior and reading levels.
On a monthly basis, the staff at the organization's Learning Center have students write an essay about where they came from and where they are today.This serves not only as a writing assignment, but it also is therapeutic. This affords the student the opportunity to write about their feelings, and it often raises awareness of their individual growths, strengths, and weaknesses.
Here is a young students heartfelt essay on why Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch has made a significant impact on his life.
"While I was younger, I was always decent at school. I was not a star student, but I could, at least, maintain a B average. It was in 11th grade when I started to struggle with school. I starting cutting school and began to fail classes. Some classes I missed so much that I completely lost credit. I was lucky that I want not held back.
During my senior year is when it escalated even more. I had around 60 absences and I eventually just stopped going to school.......Since being at the Ranch I have changed mentally and emotional. I have learned to appreciate things and learned that I need to earn things in life. I have also learned to be responsible for my own actions, good or bad. My hard work has paid off I even have a laptop now for school because I have been doing so well".
About the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch
Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, a 70 acre farm style campus, located in Riverhead, New York, opened its doors for the first time on November 15, 1980.
For over 30 years THRC has been a safe haven for hundreds of children during a time of abuse, neglect, and crisis.