Our son was in desperate need of a residential youth program. Mountain Meadow provided him the opportunity to develop his inner strengths, reshape his character and gain the maturity to help him live a happier, healthier life. Little did we know at the start, our entire family would take a journey that would so positively transform our lives!
We have enormous gratitude for your program that helped our son through a stage in his life that we were unequipped to deal with. We recommend this program for any teenage boy struggling to find his way in today’s world.
Your program changed my step-son’s life. I’ve watched him become a healthy, focused young man with the dedication and goals that will ensure a bright future. I’m convinced he would never have had the opportunity to understand his potential or grow into the man he has become without your program. I cannot thank you enough for all you have done, and in turn, what he has done for himself.
It was sad to say that my wife and I didn’t know how to deal with our 16 year old son. We got a referral to Mountain Meadow Youth Ranch and we struggled with sending our son to Montana. We did what we saw was the best choice for him to have a future. Mountain Meadow Youth Ranch was a blessing as a place where he could grow and mature in a structured but loving environment. Mountain Meadow has a family atmosphere and even after our son graduated high school the staff keeps in touch with both of us as well as with our son. As parents of a troubled youth we would recommend Mountain Meadow as a choice and we have recommended them as a choice to other parents who have a troubled young man.
Words can’t express the gratitude I have for Joe and Marilyn Frields, the staff and Mountain Meadow Youth Ranch…..When my son was 16, things were out of control…Fortunately I was referred to Mountain Meadow..(by another extremely appreciative parent!) My son was provided with structure, guidance and a safe, loving “home away from home”…. An added bonus was being in the “Big Sky Country” of Montana and the stunning setting surrounding the Ranch.
I can honestly say I don’t know what would have happened if my son hadn’t had the opportunity to be a part of the Ranch family…to this day, my son will recall some of the wisdom that Joe shared with him.. which, for a teenager seems to be a miracle to me..! The Ranch provided my son with life-long benefits at a crucial time in his life.. In addition, they provided me with support while he was there for a year and a half… and to this day, the support is ongoing….Who could ask for more?
From my first telephone discussion with Joe Frields, I was reassured in my decision to send my 15 year old son to Mountain Meadow Youth Ranch. All calls and e-mails were answered promptly and there were no questions too small for Joe to answer. We were not at the ranch long when these incredible boys introduced themselves and took my son downstairs to their domain while Joe and Marilyn answered all questions posed, stressing that I could phone as often as I needed after dropping my son off at the ranch. The wonderful mentor ship came from the boys and the staff. The more experienced boys took my son under their wings and were there when he was ready to commit to the program. Almost a year later my son is on the honor roll, loving his life at Mountain Meadow and looking forward to mentoring other struggling teens as they join the progam.
Joe, Marilyn, Jen and Ryan have not only become another family for my son but for me as well. The positive changes to our whole family have been fantastic. This healthy program is based on worthwhile hard work, service to others, healthy outdoor pursuits, goal setting, being a contributing part of a community and reflection all within the structure of a family. Without this program, I hate to think where my family would be today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Mountain Meadows Youth Ranch offers students a range of activities including hiking, ranch chores, community service, snowshoeing, camping, and educational trips, just to name a few. Other activities include basketball, track, cross-country and skiing/snowboarding. The simple nature of ranch and mountain life allows us to challenge students and their families to address difficult, emotional issues without distraction. In addition, we utilize the 12 Step model to address teen substance abuse to address teen substance abuse, behavioral problems, and family struggles.