Expansion possible at Buckeye Ranch


By Andrea Cordle
Grove City Editor

Expansion plans for the Buckeye Ranch could be on the horizon.

Vickie Thompson-Sandy, president and CEO of the Buckeye Ranch, spoke on the matter at the Sept. 20 Grove City Council meeting.

In 1958 a 75-acre farm on Hoover Road in Grove City was purchased for $27,500. It was then called the Buckeye Boys Ranch. According to Thompson-Sandy, three years later, the ranch opened as a treatment center for 10 young men. In 1965, 12 additional young men came to the ranch for treatment. Today, thousands of youths are in the care of the Buckeye Ranch in different locations throughout Ohio. The Grove City campus sees more than 100 children each year.

The Buckeye Ranch provides emotional, behavioral, and mental health services for children and families. It offers on-campus health services including a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, pediatrician, dietician, and nurses. The ranch uses alternative therapies like animal, art, recreational, and adventure therapy.

“We restore hope and help heal,” said Thompson-Sandy. “We are happy to be a partner in Grove City.”

The Buckeye Ranch has 24-hour staffing each day. It employs about 500 people from central Ohio, including about 200 in Grove City. According to the president, 52 Grove City residents are employed at the Buckeye Ranch.

Thompson-Sandy said they would like to “modernize” the Grove City campus. This includes replacing the older housing units and adding an educational center.

“We are exploring this possibility,” said Thompson-Sandy.

The ranch is trying to secure funding and reviewing whether an expansion at the Grove City location is feasible. Thompson-Sandy said they should have a decision by the end of the year or early next year.

The Grove City ranch is one of six campuses in the state. The Buckeye Ranch also has space in Columbus, Whitehall, Newark, and as far south as Cincinnati.

For more information on the Buckeye Ranch, visit buckeyeranch.org.



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