Jason's Story

Jason’s home life had always been turbulent. Jason’s parents got divorced when he was young, and he spent much time traveling between his parents' two houses. His mother struggled to maintain a steady job and had a new boyfriend whenever he came over. Jason’s father worked late hours and drank alcohol on a daily basis.

As Jason got older, he tended to spend more time at his father’s house. When he was there, he had more time to himself and did not have to care for his mother. Unfortunately, staying with his father meant that sometimes he was beat up when his father drank too much.

From late middle school to early high school Jason learned how to exist at his father’s house. Most of the time he tried to avoid him. One evening, Jason’s father came home to see Jason’s report card on the table. Jason had stopped trying in school, and he had many failing grades. Jason’s dad had been drinking a lot that evening and proceeded to hit Jason repeatedly. Jason escaped and spent that night at his friend’s house.

The next morning at school, Jason’s bruises were apparent. A school administrator called him into her office to ask Jason about the source of his bruises. Jason was scared, but hurt. He admitted to his father’s physical abuse.

The administrator called the Division of Family and Children Services. By the day’s end, Jason was in a local case worker’s car headed to a safe place to sleep.

Jason arrived at Goshen Valley that evening. He discovered that he already knew a few other guys who lived there. Although he was scared and confused, he felt safe. Jason spent the next two moths getting to know his house parents and the other young men in his house.

Jason’s father was remorseful. Through the court system, Jason’s father agreed to counseling, parenting classes and a rehabilitation program. Jason and his father began to have weekend visits at Goshen Valley where their relationship began to be repaired. After months of work, Jason and his dad were reunited. Jason continues to go to school and live with his father. Their relationship has improved, and Jason will graduate high school next year.

Burden to Blessing

I want to clearly define what it means for our young men to move from burden to blessing. The connection I feel is the strongest is to explain it through the lens of the child. The young men of Goshen Valley are quick to identify with themselves and others through their burdens. This includes the abandonment, guilt, anxiousness and fear that has built up inside of them due to the trauma they have faced in life. During their time at Goshen Valley we work intensively to understand those issues and walk with the child through the journey of overcoming those emotions and tensions. Thus, through this journey, they experience blessings that they would not have otherwise. This journey includes being part of a healthy family environment, engaging in therapy, and being part of a engaged church community. Such blessings may come in the form of adoption, reunification, graduation, full-time employment and a relationship with God.

What we experience at Goshen Valley is that this message of Burden to Blessing is not only true in the lives of our boys but also those that work for, serve and visit. We find that people have the ability to identify those times in their own lives when they carried their own burdens and sought the right environment, family, and church to overcome and grow stronger from those times.

It is this idea that unifies us all. Foster child and supporter.

Blessing of Relationships


At the end of the day, our lives completely rely on relationships. Relationships can consist of family, friends, employers, co-workers or even the relationship you have with your mechanic. Good or bad, we rely on others to meet all of our needs.

Young men at Goshen Valley have broken relationships at the core of their being. No matter how these relationships were broken, mended or severed forever, the blessing of relationships is the key for true


Broken relationships with parents are healed through intentional relationships with house parents.

Difficulty in forming relationships with peers is healed through consistency of friendships at homeand school.

Conflict once resolved with fighting or abuse is now resolved through discussion and honesty.

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Chase's Story

Picture a 7-year-old boy. He has a younger sister. This child grew up watching his parents physically assault each other over anything from bills, to the despair of poverty, to lack of food. The father is addicted to drugs and very abusive to his mom and two children. His mom is angry and is also addicted to drugs. She has no ability to provide for her children. This young boy’s dad goes to jail, and the young boy and his sister go to live with his mom’s parents.

Still amidst turmoil, the family moved around. The young boy’s mother eventually left her two children to live with a friend. He secretly worried about who would take care of him.

A step-grandmother took in the boy and his sister. For 2 years, things seemed stable, until the step-grandmother’s 18-year-old stepson moved into the home with then. Terrible things happened because of this, and the children’s lives were altered forever. The step-grandmother did what she could and moved out with the two young children. They were homeless and spent time in a women’s shelter before the grandmother realized that she could not care for the children any longer.

That morning, they were dropped off at a Department of Family and Children Services office. They cried, not wanting to leave her, but she had no choice. This young boy and his sister were separated and, over the next several years, were moved around to 16 different foster families.

Due to the struggle and significant trauma that he faced this young boy, now a young man, grew deeply hurt. He disrupted his foster home placements until he was 14. His case worker, wanting to see some significant change, took him to a group home: Goshen Valley. This was when his healing began.

This young boy, Chase, is now 21-years-old. He has lived at Goshen Valley since he was 14. Through the safety and stability, love and purpose he received, Chase graduated high school in 2011 and is a sophomore at Reinhardt University. He is in foster care leadership positions and helps other young men to remain strong and find their purpose while in foster care. Chase is still connected to his family, especially his sister, but has found his identity is truly found in his faith and triumphs.

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Greg's Story


Greg came to live at Goshen Valley when he was 16. Greg was from Atlanta and had no desire to live in the country on a ranch with horses and cows. Still, when Greg turned 16, he had run out of options. After multiple placements and high schools, it was clear that Greg needed a new start.

After coming to Goshen Valley, Greg slowly turned a corner. After a year of continuing to struggle in school and in life, he finally made a commitment to graduate high school. Greg was extremely bright but, in his 3rd year of high school, only had enough credits to be considered a freshman. Greg promised himself that if he was given the opportunity to work ahead, he could finish 2 ½ years of high school in 9 months.

Greg graduated high school in December 2012. He never worked so hard in his life, but he truly believed that he could do it.

Below is Greg’s personal testimony of his life and decisions that led him to where he is today.

Justin's Story


When Justin was just 11 years old, he and his brother Joe came to live at Goshen Valley. During the interview, Joe (age 13) straightened Justin’s shirt and told him to “make a good impression.” After living in poverty caused by neglect, Justin and his brother were looking for a home.

Eight years later, on May 25, 2013, Justin graduated high school. Justin has had a long road. He has wanted to quit school countless times. He has threatened to leave Goshen Valley in pursuit of unknown “freedoms” that life has to offer. Still, through the love and fervent relationship that Justin has had with his Goshen Valley family, he has remained to receive the unique love and support that he would not receive if he left.

Below is Justin's personal story.