UCHRA currently operates two group homes: CHANCE for girls and Indian Mound Farm for boys.  These group homes provide a safe, highly structured, therapeutic environment where each youth knows their value, and with compassion and perseverance, relationships can be restored. An opportunity to change their lives and discover their strengths and gain the confidence needed to lead healthy, harmonious, and productive lives when given a second chance.

These homes have had the opportunity to serve youth, ages 12 – 18, and their families, primarily from the Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee for more than 20 years and the need for such services continues to grow. Services are occasionally provided to additional regions such as Tennessee Valley, Mid-Cumberland, and others. An average of 175 children are served annually.

For information on our group homes, contact the Youth Program Director @ 931-528-1127

CHANCE Group Home

CHANCE opened in the summer of 1988 and has served more than 900 girls to date. This site, formerly known as DeBerry Military Academy and once used to prepare young men for adulthood and/or military service, is now helping young ladies find normalcy and peace of mind. The CHANCE center can serve a total of 24 female youth whose average length of stay is between four and six months. The spacious campus has several sizable structures including a dining hall, dorm, and administrative building; each providing environments that reflect the commitment of caring in providing a safe, nurturing, family-like environment. The dining hall also serves as the hub for large group activities, weekend visitation for the families and staff training, as well as a game room.

The dorm welcomes residents with bright colors, friendly décor, and cozy furniture. A large mural depicting family, recreation, and sports, different landscape scenes showing country life and the lights of the big city, covers the walls in the group room reflecting the girls’ path through life. This mural was painted by the Art Students from Tennessee Tech University. The bedrooms continue in the scheme of bright colors but serve as a place for solitude and individual reflection.

The CHANCE Transitional School is located in the administrative building which also contains the auditorium/library and several staff offices. The auditorium also doubles as space for music and art classes, group activities, and as an exercise area. CHANCE staff also uses this area for many of the required in-service trainings. The grounds are well-maintained and offer plenty of space for outdoor games and activities. The campus also features basketball and volleyball courts.

CHANCE staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of the young women placed in our care; having the ability to provide the youth with the skills and services to address long-term, life-changing goals. In a safe, family-like environment, program participants can grow, find out who they are, what they want out of life, and become successful educationally, emotionally, and socially. The primary focus of this program is to help each participant succeed in transitioning back to their perspective families and communities with a strength of character they can use to achieve the success in life that they desire and deserve.

Program staff undergo significant initial training before working directly with the young women at CHANCE. Mandatory annual in-service must be completed, as well as several other required trainings: Crisis Intervention, CPR, Positive Discipline, and Suicide Prevention.

Indian Mound Farm

Located near picturesque Center Hill Lake, Indian Mound was established in 1991 and has touched the lives of more than 1,000 young men and their families. The large three-story facility provides the Indian Mound center with the capacity of serving up to 16 youth whose average length of stay is between four and six months. The five-bedroom home offers more than 6,000 square feet of relaxing and secure living space; including a multi-purpose room used for group services, music and art classes, and various learning activities.

As a 118-acre, fully-operational farm, Indian Mound uses this setting as part of its educational and vocational tutoring. The vocational component offers construction core classes, basic carpentry, and electrical wiring courses. Through these classes, students have opportunities to earn vocational credits that count toward the completion of their high school diplomas. The farm also serves as a place where the youth can learn land management and participate in caring for animals.

Past vocational building projects include picnic tables, construction of a large cabin located at Lakeside Resort, a Federal Housing Authority (FHA) home in Smithville, construction of the current Indian Mound School and administrative building, and several other renovations at Indian Mound and Lakeside Resort. The students are actively involved in multiple community service projects such as mowing and maintenance of nearby church cemeteries, helping elderly neighbors with yard/farm work, cutting and donating firewood, trash pick-ups, and the annual Center Hill Lake clean-up. Students also assist with preparing commodity items for distribution to UCHRA clients.

Our facility staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of the young men placed in our care, having the ability to provide program participants with the skills and services to address long-term, life-changing goals. In a safe, family-like environment, these young men can grow, find out who they are, what they want out of life, and become successful educationally, emotionally, and socially.  The primary focus is to help each participant succeed in transitioning back to their perspective families and communities with a strength of character they can use to achieve the success in life that they desire and deserve. The counseling services, combined with the behavior modification and evidence-based programs, provide an ideal environment for program participants to cultivate a future full of opportunity.

Facility Programs

Each Center has the flexibility to adapt and address the Individual needs on a case by case basis by providing services such as:

  • Structured behavioral management and intervention system
  • Intensive Out-Patient Alcohol and Drug Treatment
  • Individual and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Anger Management Groups
  • Life skills and independent-living curriculum
  • Music Therapy
  • Community involvement and Positive Leisure Activities
  • Support and assistance for positive participation in group living
  • Communication/Self-Esteem/Trauma Recovery Groups
  • Opportunities for Religious growth and Spiritual development
  • Staff: Student ratio of 8:1
  • Around-the-clock care and Supervision
  • Licensed Private School; Grades 7-12
  • College entry planning and support
  • Career planning and training

Educational Services

Each Center operates a Category 7- Private School that is licensed and approved by both the Department of Education and the Department of Children’s Services.  They serve students enrolled in grades 7-12, which consist of regular and special education programs.  The schools employ licensed special education teachers, as well as a Vocational teacher at Indian Mound School.

Each school provides students with an educational program designed to lead to a Tennessee High School Diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).  They offer all courses required for graduation in the state of Tennessee.  Instructional curriculum is designed and implemented in accordance with Tennessee Curriculum Standards.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is offered weekly at all three Centers which is a very effective tool in building self-esteem and providing opportunities for positive expression. We use music as a diversion from peer pressure and negative influences.  Researchers have found that children involved in Music education are more likely to graduate high school and less likely to be involved in gangs and substance abuse.  The variety of individual musical instruments and equipment that is utilized in the Music Therapy program include: Drums, Karaoke, keyboards, guitars, piano and Auto harps. Another part of our Music Therapy program uses interpretive dance which incorporates the use of sign language set to spiritual Christian

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