HENRY CO., Va. -

For troubled teenage girls, home is now a ranch, of sorts in Henry County.

It's so new there's only one student, but leaders here in HopeTree at Glory Road say that number is going to grow to more than a dozen. That seems small but it gives teachers and counselors more time to work on each teen's self esteem, confidence, and mood.

Last week, the state granted the group a license to be a residential school for at-risk girls.
Girls who have been through abuse or neglect and need a new atmosphere.

"There's really no place for them to go. They need a place like this," said Adam West with the HopeTree at Glory Road.

Each student gets her own room, personalized education, and counseling services in a Christian environment.

The school is out in the middle of nowhere, away from busy roads, cell phone service, in rural Henry County. This peace helps in the healing process.

"A lot of them come from trouble environments. To drive through a white picket fence gate to come here, you know it's peaceful. They get to be outdoors and they really get to see God's creation," West said.

Formerly known as the Baptist Orphanage of Virginia, HopeTree has helped troubled youth and adults with disabilities since 1890. It also has a boy's school in Craig County.

"They get in through the court system, or the department of social services, or maybe even through school. They get in and most the time they don't want to be here." "Then they see we're not the enemy we're here just to help," West said.

Teens have the amenities of a positive home atmosphere, and walk out with a diploma and a new lease on life.