BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Donors broke ground Wednesday on new additions to the Indiana Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Clay County.
Sponsoring families and organizations joined law enforcement officials for the special ceremony.
They broke ground on a new peace chapel and four youth bunkhouses.
The 62-acre ranch will offer mentorship to future law enforcement officers, at-risk youth, as young witnesses and victims of crime.
“We hope that every child who comes here and has a positive experience will go back and influence not only themselves, but their families. It changes the household. It changes the neighborhood, a homeroom, a school, maybe a workplace, so we hope that there’s a great ripple effect,” says Scott Minier, executive director of the ranch.
Construction on the peace chapel will start first and the youth bunkhouses will follow.
They hope to have those constructed early next year and plan to build six additional bunkhouses in 2020.