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Anchor Academy
Boys' Home
Helping Wayward Teens

Up-Dated - Friday, April 04, 2014

Table of Contents
* History
* Typical Example
* Bible Based
* A Baptist Church Ministry
* Program
* Schooling
* Great Results
* Anchor Academy Contact Info

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History
The Anchor Academy began accepting young men in trouble, between the ages of 13-17, back in 1999.   They have the capacity to keep fifty boys at a time and usually run full.  The adolescents seem to struggle with every problem on earth, but by the time they leave the academy they are respectful, hardworking, and significantly different young men.

Though the Anchor Academy is not nationally known, it has no problem finding enrollees. On average the academy receives three calls a day from parents who desperately need help for their teenage sons.   Not all the boys who come to the Anchor Academy succeed, but most of them will return home and be hard working, respectful members of society. 

In six years of working at the Anchor it has been my privilege to minister to hundreds of young men in need.  I believe the work done at the Anchor Academy is an investment in the future.  The destiny of our nation rests in the hands of today’s young people.

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Typical Example
When Brandon (Student) first came to the Anchor he looked like a full-fledged gang member and even had the attitude to go along with it.  “I always knew I was missing something and tried to fill the void with drugs, rap music, and the wrong friends.  I was constantly getting into trouble and my parents and the judges were getting sick and tired of seeing my face in court."

“My parents tried everything until they heard about the Anchor.  When I first got here my heart was hard as a rock but one month later during a Sunday night service I felt a heavy conviction because of my sin.  I broke down in tears and cried out to God to save me.  I’ll never forget that night as long as I live,” Brandon says with a convincing smile.

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Bible Based
The Anchor Academy believes that the Bible is the instruction manual for solving life’s problems.  The boys attend chapel services, memorize Scripture, and often sing at area churches and community events.  The church services center on enthusiastic congregational singing and preaching.  Visiting parents and area residents often participate.

“We stand strong on the biblical values this country was founded upon and we make no apologies for it!” says Dennis McElwrath.  “So many of these young men were searching for significance in their lives and we have the unique opportunity to show them the truth."

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A Baptist Church Ministry
The Anchor Academy is a faith-based ministry of the Hi-Line Baptist Church in Havre, MT. 

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Program
We take troubled and at-risk boys ages 13-17 for a minimum stay of one year.  The program is very structured and focuses on character building, respect for authority, hard work, establishing goals, and reconciling families.  We work on changing the outside, while God works on the heart.  This creates an atmosphere of tough-love discipline where the young men are taught to take responsibility for their actions.

The boys have daily Bible reading and prayer, memorize scripture, attend daily chapel services, and participate in weekly worship services.  The boys are also taught to work with their hands and participate in building projects, maintenance work, upkeep on the grounds, and cleaning buildings.

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Schooling
We run a private Christian school that uses the ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum.  Each student is given diagnostic tests to place him in the correct level of work.  The curriculum is self-paced and focuses on each student’s individual needs to enable him to succeed academically.  The boys attend school Monday-Friday during the regular school year, and summer school sessions are offered for students who need additional “catch-up” work.

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Great Results
With so many troubled youth in our society, we are excited that young men exiting our program demonstrate a changed life.  The majority will stay in school, hold down jobs, respect their parents, and become law-abiding citizens.  Presently, our ministry takes 3-5 calls per day from parents hoping to get their sons into our program.

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The Anchor Academy
Anchor Men's Center
Harvest Foundation
Dennis McElwrath, Superintendent
(573)471-2900
AnchorAcademy@CableRocket.com

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