The 2005 Samaritan Award Grand Prize winner was announced today! If you are unfamiliar with the Samaritan Award, or the Samaritan Guide, information can be found here, here, here or here. The winner of the $10,000 award was the Lives Under Construction Boy’s Ranch Residential Treatment Program. This program, based in Lampe, Missouri, takes in boys with serious behavioural problems and turns their lives around. The program teaches the value of making right choices, emphasizing the importance of good work and instilling a sense of self-worth in those who feel that the whole world is against them.
The program features physical job training (carpentry, animal husbandry, welding, mechanics, housekeeping, cooking…) as well as educational assistance. An 11 minute video presentation ( – 20Mb) gives a brief but concise description of this amazing organization.