About Boys & Girls Country
Children need love and nurturing to thrive, and they need food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education to grow up and become contributing adults. Boys and Girls Country is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has provided a home to almost 1400 children since its inception in 1971.
The mission of Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc. (BGC) is to change the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home environment, raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults. Our vision is that every child has a place to grow up and a sense of being home.
With a small plot of donated land and a $25 check, Boys and Girls Country was originally founded in 1971 as Boys Country, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable home to give at-risk boys a safe place to grow up and the chance to become productive, successful adults. A few years later, Girls Country, a similar campus for girls, was established several miles away.
In 1997, the College and Career program was established to ensure that kids don’t “age out” of our program; we continue to provide them with a home while they attend college, trade school, serve in the military, or begin a first job. One year later, Boys Country and Girls Country merged on the current 215-acre campus with the capacity to serve 88 boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 18. The College and Career program moved to the former Girls Country campus.
Since 1971, Boys and Girls Country has been busy serving over 100 children and young adults every year. Our kids are succeeding in school, graduating from high school and college, learning independent living skills, taking on responsibilities like after school jobs and learning to drive, and growing up with healthy relationships and lots of opportunities to “just be kids.”The Boys and Girls Country program is made up of a network of 11 cottage families and an extended Christian neighborhood that supports our children as they learn and grow, provides them with educational and emotional support, holds them accountable to their peers and the greater community, and encourages them to dream and achieve big goals. Each cottage is comprised of eight children, a married “Teaching Parent” couple (and any children they may have), and two single Teaching Parents, who raise these children as their own. Education is a major priority and focus for our kids and staff.
Boys and Girls Country is licensed by the State of Texas as a residential home. Children come to us from 13 counties in the Greater Houston area, with the majority from Harris (65%) and Montgomery (15%) counties. Our current resident population is 30% Hispanic, 36% Caucasian, 30% African American, and 4% other race. Up to 88 school-age children (ages 5-18) live on our Roberts Road campus. Six of our cottages are designated for boys, and five are for girls.
All cottage homes have accommodation for eight resident children and a married Teaching Family couple, along with any children of their own. Our children are all encouraged to transition to the College and Career Campus after high school graduation, where up to 20 young adults reside with mentors. Between both campuses, we serve over 100 children per year. The average length of stay for a child at Boys and Girls Country is three years; some children stay a short time, and others grow up here.
Boys and Girls Country receives no government support, and we are not a United Way member agency. Our organization depends on private funds which come from individuals, businesses, civic groups, churches, foundations, and volunteer support. Your tax deductible donation helps us provide a home for up to 88 boys and girls. Please click here to donate.