Cookson Hills is committed to good stewardship of the funds entrusted to us. We are primarily funded by individuals, churches, and foundations who want to provide a hopeful future for kids who are at-risk. Through their generosity, we are able to provide care to every kid who qualifies. We will never go into debt and we accept no government funding. This allows us to freely teach our students about the life-changing hope of Jesus.
Serve 49 children and maintain an average length of stay of 24 months or more
Now that we are effectively offering long-term care for our kids, we will begin focusing on increasing the number of kids we serve each year. We plan to accomplish this increase by hiring two additional primary houseparent couples to help grow the capacity of children we can serve. In order to maintain our average length of stay, a counselor will begin enhancing our enrollment process by providing feedback on appropriateness of placement to help minimize the potential for early dismissal and disruption of students already in our care.
Create, enroll and sustain a kindergarten class at Cookson Hills Christian School
Our state-of-the-art 1st-12th grade school is the “Secret Sauce” of Cookson Hills. If offers our children a place to receive a quality Christian education and holistic care in a trauma-informed environment. It is time we offer this same service to our youngest, most vulnerable students. In order to accomplish this goal, we will be converting our Art Room into a K-1 classroom, hiring a K-1 teacher, and completing a curriculum map for Kindergarten.
Train and equip Cookson Hills as an EAGALA certified counseling center
Currently, our children attend weekly therapy sessions and horsemanship classes. However, we want to combine these two separate ideas and become EAGALA certified. EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) will teach our children how to observe the reactions of horses and then identify ways these reactions could be metaphors representing something going on in their own life. In order to accomplish this goal, we will need to certify and train our Equine Specialist and Counselors. Upon completion, we will be the third Children’s Home in the U.S. to be EAGALA certified.