Harley Family to Help Create New Program at Shiloh
Shelbina, MO – After this springs’ graduation, some students at Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch will have no family to stay with before heading out to college or to new jobs. Former Hannibal residents, Chris and Melissa Harley have moved to the Shiloh Kahoka ranch site to help take care of that need.
Chris and Melissa will be caring for young adults in Shiloh’s new Transitional Living House. The Harleys will use the Transitional Living house to teach young adults life skills that will help them to find jobs and a place to live.
“Our first child will be moving out of one of the Shiloh homes in December and will live with us while attending community college. Shiloh children may stay with us from between a couple months to a year,” Chris stated.
Chris, originally from Moberly, Mo heard about Shiloh when he was young. “I was aware of Shiloh since I was a boy and supported them during my college years. A few years later, I started doing some counseling contract work with them in August of 2007 and was hired full time in April of 2008.” Melissa is originally from Anamosa, IA. Chris and Melissa have a six-year-old son, Aidan.
Chris and Melissa Harley both graduated from Central Christian College with degrees in Counseling. Chris has ten years of experience in youth ministry and has also worked for years as a counselor. “At Shiloh, I am able to share my faith and make that part of the healing process that some of the students are going through,” Chris continues, “I will also be the Pastoral Counselor here at Shiloh. I work with students on an individual basis to help them deal with their past and help prepare them for the future. At other places I have worked, my hands were tied. Here I can really help them grow and change.”
Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch, with locations in Clarence and Kahoka, continues to provide Christian homes for abused and neglected children with the mission of meeting the spiritual, emotional, educational, social, and physical needs of each individual child.
Shiloh receives no state funding and relies on private donations for the support of its ministry. The Ranch has four homes near Clarence, Missouri, and an additional three homes located near Kahoka, Missouri. For more information or to contribute, contact Jay Craig, Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch 601 N. Center Street, Shelbina, Missouri 63468; or call 573-588-2191. Information can also be found at www.shilohranch.org.
Jay Craig – 573-795-4622 – Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch – 601 North Center Street
Shelbina, MO 63468 – [email protected] – Email – www.shilohranch.org