North of Canton, in the community of Waleska, lies a sweet retreat for those who face the burdens associated with a life in transition. Over the years this retreat has been a place of refuge, renewal, and strength for boys ages 11-18 that are involved in the Georgia foster care system. The Goshen Valley Boys Ranch has helped numerous young men as they navigate their way through the Georgia foster care system and transition into independent living. Recently the home for boys expanded its program with the opening of the Community Care house in Canton.
The North Georgia New Beginnings Program is headquartered in the Community Care house. This program, true to its name, provides a new beginning for its participants through continued support for those aged 18-21 and up. In addition to meeting the needs of young men, the North Georgia New Beginnings Program is also available to offer support to young women.
This program recognized the difficulties associated with transtioning out of the foster care system and into independent living. With the cards stacked against them, many young adults who age out of the foster care program face a higher probability of living a life that lacks educational and employment opportunities. The North Georgia New Beginnings Program provides participants with necessary skills, housing assistance, educational and employment opportunities to transition smoothly into successful independent living.
To find out more about the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, the Goshen Community house, and other programs affiliated with Goshen Valley, visit the website at goshenvalley.org and follow them on Facebook. Goshen Valley is a non-profit organization that welcomes the help of volunteers and donations.