It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Margaret O’Quinn this past Sunday evening. Margaret, along with her husband Danny, founded Still Creek Ranch as a ministry to neglected, abused, and forgotten children and, in so many ways, she was the heart of Still Creek as her influence still resonates and gives voice to our mission every day. She was loved deeply because she loved all of us so well. Her passing will be felt deep and wide. A memorial is planned for the Bryan/College Station area and we will be announcing the time and place very soon.
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FROM CRISIS TO NEW CREATION | THE STILL CREEK STORY
Since 1988 Still Creek has rescued boys and girls from crisis environments including abuse, neglect, abandonment, and sex trafficking, placing them in safe, loving, Christ-centered homes. We do not take any government funding but instead we operate exclusively through donations and are completely debt-free. This allows us the freedom to use Christ-centered principles in the care and healing of our children.
RESCUING THE HOMELESS, ABUSED, TRADED, & FORGOTTEN.
Our mission is to rescue boys and girls from crisis environments and to restore their lives by placing them in a family-style home environment, and through our accredited boarding school, Bible-based counseling, TAPPS athletics, fine arts, and our equestrian and agricultural programs.
Instead of extending pity toward our resident students for their devastating past, we create an environment for them to be empowered by their story, yet without allowing them to be defined by their past wounds. We do this by establishing a model of healing from the inside out; we challenge the child to peel back the layers of hurt inside their heart by creating an opportunity to break the chains of their past and usher in authentic healing and restoration for their future.
In an effort to extend long-term care and healing to our children, we take no government funding. We are also proud to say that Still Creek Ranch is one of the only debt-free boarding schools for “at-risk” minors currently existing in the United States.
We ARE NOT AWARENESS. WE ARE LIFE.
Restore Her encompasses the girls’ housing at our fully accredited boarding school. Our girls have walked through a variety of difficult backgrounds, ranging from abandonment, abuse, broken homes, and sex trafficking. We offer hope to these girls by providing them safety, educational opportunities, holistic healing, and a chance at a RESTORED life.
THRIVE! is a program for students who have graduated from Still Creek Christian Academy. It is independent, transitional living that equips our students for life off the ranch. Through mentorship and teaching, these young adults learn essential life skills including money management, organization, and professionalism while working a job or attending a higher education institution.
Still Creek Christian Academy is a private, K-12 Christian boarding school situated on 300 peaceful acres in the picturesque Brazos Valley in Bryan, Texas. The Academy is the heartbeat of Still Creek Ranch and our students are made up of residents who live onsite as well as children from the community.
THE RESIDENT STUDENT EXPERIENCE
The 300 acres of Still Creek Ranch are divided between two campuses. Our main campus is where you will find Still Creek Christian Academy, our covered equestrian center, administrative offices, staff housing, as well as our two boys’ homes. Our girls share three homes on our second campus which is gated, secure, and in an undisclosed location.
Our homes are built with a family-friendly atmosphere in mind. Our heart’s desire is for our Still Creek resident students to experience a true family, including all of the joys and challenges that come along with families. Each house is home to 8-10 children who are loved and cared for by on-site cottage coordinators who live in private family quarters within the house. Still Creek is very strategic and intentional with the children we rescue and care for. We do not take “troubled” children, but rescue children out of true crisis situations. These crisis scenarios include, but are not limited to: homelessness, abandonment by legal guardians, severe abuse, severe neglect, and victims of human trafficking. Still Creek rescues both boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17. We do not accept applications for children over 17 years of age. We offer a college scholarship and apartment-style living to our Still Creek graduates who choose to stay in the Bryan/College Station area for their college studies.
*If you or someone you know would like to submit a child resident application for review, please do so by completing this form in as much detail as possible. Someone from our staff will contact you within 1-2 weeks of receiving your application.
The leadership serving the students of Still Creek Ranch stands alongside them in the midst of their crisis as we push them toward healing and hope. We listen to their often unheard voices and wipe their tears. Our leaders recognize potential where others see despair–we see victors where others see victims.