The Operations, The Purpose & The Minstry
Youth-Reach Gulf Coast is a non-profit Christ-centered home set on a beautiful 81-acre campus east of Summerdale, Alabama. The program is designed to remold the values and turn around the lives of at-risk young men, ages 18-22.
The program was founded in 1984 by current Executive Director Curt Williams, who describes Youth-Reach as,
“A hospital for today’s damaged and discarded youth.”
Set in the structure of a balanced family and home life, Youth-Reach concentrates on developing character, responsibility and a strong work ethic. Facilitated by experienced, trained and respected counselors, Youth-Reach is a long-term program intended to heal past wounds and restore families.
Residents and their families are never charged for the services offered and since change doesn’t occur automatically within a prescribed period of time, there are no limits on how long a resident can stay in the program.
From a Biblical perspective, the staff addresses the central issues that lead today’s youth to harmful actions such as drug addiction, promiscuity, rage and violence. Underneath rebellion and defiance is a need for healing, security, acceptance and discipline.
Not only does Youth-Reach Gulf Coast facilitate emotional healing and healthy relationships, but practical skills for daily living as well, such as gardening, home care, auto maintenance, carpentry and personal hygiene.
Youth-Reach guides these young men toward self-control and character development. The healing that occurs at Youth-Reach Gulf Coast reaches far beyond the lives of the residents. Families are restored and as these young men grow and become husbands and fathers, their wives and children also benefit from the important lessons these young men learn.
What Makes Youth-Reach Different?
We are a Christian ministry built on the foundation of God’s Word. We are not religious, but we take advantage of the power found in a relationship with Jesus to witness the healing of young lives. Firm, compassionate and balanced discipline coupled with clear and predictable boundaries are key elements in this transformation.
We never charge a fee for our services. We feel strongly that our services should be provided without a parent’s ability to pay the bill being a consideration. This work is not cheap, but we are committed to raising the support so our assistance to families can be offered free of charge.
We are a long-term solution for the kids that need long-term care. A young man can stay at Youth-Reach for as long as they need a home and continue to make progress. If a guy is in need and remains teachable, they may stay, gain a high school diploma, and leave Youth-Reach for college, or even better, the mission field.
We are legitimate in every way. We are a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization and perform yearly independent audits. Our facilities meet or exceed all state and county health, fire and building codes.
We work with both juveniles and adults. We care for juveniles from age twelve to eighteenth birthday at our Houston campus, and for adult young males ages of eighteen to twenty-two here on our Summerdale, Alabama campus.