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Fort Good Shepherd Ranch Amenities

Grand Lodge

This is an excellent place to have adult meetings and planning sessions away from any disturbances with a fresh country breeze and a warm sun in the presence of the Lord. It was constructed by master craftsmen and its 3,000 sq. ft. covers a living room, dining room, kitchen, two offices, great room, one guest bedroom, a meeting room, parlor, and two full bathrooms complete with a sauna and sunken Roman tub.

Bunkhouse

A favorite for eight men, it includes sleeping accommodations with a private bathroom and shower, kitchen, and a country decorated grand room. It dates back to the early 1800's and was brought to the ranch piece by numbered piece for reconstruction by expert craftsmen. It was completely refinished inside and out in the Summer of 2003. Countless numbers of ex-offenders have made it their home they lift up the Lord in their one-year aftercare program with us.


Horse Stables

This three story building was once located in Ladue MO and dates back to the early 1800's and was transported to the ranch by numbered logs and reconstructed by expert craftsmen. Tennessee Walking Horses, Paint and Quarter Horses are all ridden in the equine therapy ministry. Experienced residents adopt a horse to care for and ride on our breathtaking trails.

Caretaker Cabin

The leftovers from the Grand Lodge were more than sufficient to construct a three-bedroom log home that is occupied by staff and senior residents. Steve is our right-hand man when we need peer counseling and employment connections for our residents on a day-to-day basis.

Living Room

Resident Cabins

There are 30 resident cabins that are usually fully occupied by carefully selected Christian ex-offenders and former alcoholics and drug addicts who are in our nine to eighteen month aftercare program. They are supervised by our staff supervisor Rick Mathes who has 30 years of experience with the Missouri Department of Corrections that makes him ideally suited to meet the needs of our residents. Residents are assigned two-hour weekly work projects for the property upkeep.


Kitchen and Living Area

Broken Arrow Bunkhouse

Located right on the Meramec River frontage, we accommodate six new residents as they wait their turn to have a private cabin. It is equipped with a bathroom, shower, kitchen and recreation area plus bunk beds to suit their needs. Great place to fellowship because the swimming, fishing and hiking trails are right at the front door.

Pavilion

We recently had constructed a 40-by-40 outdoor and covered pavilion for picnicking. It's a great place for praise teams to plug in their instruments and bless the residents, guests, and those floating by in their canoes, rafts, and floaters down the Meramec River with music that lifts up the name of Jesus.

Trailblazer

This building has 10 individual units for residents that includes a galley kitchen, living area, full bathroom and private bedroom. This was a job training program project that was completed entirely by former inmates under the supervision of an experienced supervisor.

Pathfinder

This building has 8 individual units for residents that includes a full kitchen, large living area, full bathroom and private bathroom.

Meramec River

Canoeing and fishing are popular along our half-mile of river bank. Many go upstream and canoe one-hour downstream to the Fort with a staff member or continue another two hours to Bird's Nest Resort, where we drive down and pick them up for their return to the ranch. A special time is when a local church has a baptism service at our 20 cross and then walk down into the river to baptize. Passing visiting canoers can be heard saying, 'Praise the Lord' as they witness these special services and hear us singing praise songs as loud as we can. The canoers and floaters are a mission field all by themselves. Stillwater Pond also has plenty of fish!