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New Perspectives - Oct, 1998 Issue #54 

“For Children Who Need or Want a Chance.”
Jeff Shelton, CEO
Medford, Oregon

ICARE runs two programs with three ranches for boys and girls ages 8-18, the Cascade Boys Ranch of Southern Oregon, and The Woods Home For Girls. They have a “Family Model” philosophy, with the residents being involved in structured activities within the community. 

Some of the activities include community service projects along with learning activities such as in mechanics, cooking, music, sports, computers and livestock. Both academic assistance and vocational experience are provided and encouraged. Outdoor events the residents can participate in include river rafting, snow skiing, mountain hikes & camping and sporting events. 

They emphasize developing a “culture” that is stable and uniform. The Staff: Resident ratio is 1:3, and staff includes “Father- Mother” role models along with professional guidance in education and counseling. Their primary stated emphasis is “on building long-lasting character qualities” which include: Integrity, Courage, Patience, Hope, Determination, Wisdom, Kindness, Forgiveness, and Understanding. 

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