Growth & Expansion
2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for Northeast Georgia’s Shepherd’s Hill Academy. The nonprofit mental health program and ministry has entered into its 17th year of service by enrolling their 300th client into the Therapeutic Boarding School program. Not only has the program seen immense growth as enrollments continue, the program is now expanding across over 180 acres!
Tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shepherd’s Hill Academy is a hidden gem and a place of hope for countless families across the globe. As the need for treatment for teens in crisis (and their families) continues, Shepherd’s Hill Academy is answering the call. With the acquisition of additional property, the program is breaking ground to expand its services and facilities for its clients and their families.
Amidst the beautiful landscape of Shepherds Hill, one will find dense forest, bubbling creeks, breathtaking views, and incredible sites for the program’s outdoor component. The team is working hard to manicure the forest area and create a therapeutic environment that is conducive to the work of healing.
In May of 2018, Shepherd’s Hill Academy broke ground on the first of many new building sites across the acreage. This new site, located next to a quaint pond, will house a pavilion where families and their students can meet and spend time together. Activities and events will be held at this new facility, as water lines, electricity, restroom facilities, and even a grill will soon be installed.
Trace Embry, founder and director of Shepherd’s Hill Academy, can be found out among the bulldozers, assisting in leveling the land for these new and exciting projects. Embry comments, “God has really blessed us and given us an opportunity to provide things for these kids that we couldn’t provide before.”
River Sand Inc. Contribution
Shepherd’s Hill Academy has partnered with River Sand Incorporated of Cleveland, GA for the ground breaking. The River Sand team assisted the program by donating labor for the projects. The team aided in leveling the ground for the building site, leveling the athletic field nearby, digging irrigation & waterlines, and more. Shepherd’s Hill Academy would like to extend a heartfelt, “Thank You,” to River Sand Incorporated. “We’re just so blessed to have these guys helping us out,” Embry says.
This project not only includes a new pavilion and facilities, but also a new athletic field, volleyball court, barn, and much more.
Be a Part of the Journey
While the work is already in progress, there is still much more to be done. If you or your organization is interested in partnering with Shepherd’s Hill Academy, please reach out to our main office at (706) 779-5766.
Shepherd’s Hill Academy (SHA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. SHA is a 12-month Therapeutic Boarding School for teens in crisis. The program includes an outdoor component, a fully accredited academy for grades 7-12, and an on-site therapy program. Students are provided with rigorous academics, individual counseling, group therapy, and extracurricular and character-building activities and exercises.