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'''Lighthouse Ministries of North West Florida''' is a behavior modification facility marketed as a Christian boarding school. It is located south of Jay, Florida <Ref>[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=Hwy+89,+Jay,+florida&sll=30.83732,-87.135658&sspn=0.016876,0.028925&ie=UTF8&ll=30.912355,-87.167174&spn=0.002108,0.003616&t=h&z=18&om=1 The facilities on Google maps]</Ref>
 
'''Lighthouse Ministries of North West Florida''' is a behavior modification facility marketed as a Christian boarding school. It is located south of Jay, Florida <Ref>[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=Hwy+89,+Jay,+florida&sll=30.83732,-87.135658&sspn=0.016876,0.028925&ie=UTF8&ll=30.912355,-87.167174&spn=0.002108,0.003616&t=h&z=18&om=1 The facilities on Google maps]</Ref>
  
The owner of the facility, Brother Michael Palmer, was a long-time associate of [[Lester Roloff]] - the founder of the [[:Category:Roloff Homes|Roloff Homes]].
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==History==
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The previous owner of the facility, Brother Michael Palmer, was a long-time associate of [[Lester Roloff]] - the founder of the [[:Category:Roloff Homes|Roloff Homes]].
  
 
The facility was founded in California under the name ''Victory Christian Academy''. Palmer and his wife moved the facility to Florida after a California judge ordered the facility to close and banned Palmer and his wife Patty from EVER working at another unlicensed facility in the state <Ref>[http://www.isaccorp.org/documentsnz.asp#vca International Survivor Action Committee on the facility]</Ref>.
 
The facility was founded in California under the name ''Victory Christian Academy''. Palmer and his wife moved the facility to Florida after a California judge ordered the facility to close and banned Palmer and his wife Patty from EVER working at another unlicensed facility in the state <Ref>[http://www.isaccorp.org/documentsnz.asp#vca International Survivor Action Committee on the facility]</Ref>.
  
 
Palmer also owned [[Genesis by the Sea]], located in Mexico, which was closed down after a raid by the Mexican authorities on September 10, 2004 where they found evidence of abuse, neglect and a "punishment cell."
 
Palmer also owned [[Genesis by the Sea]], located in Mexico, which was closed down after a raid by the Mexican authorities on September 10, 2004 where they found evidence of abuse, neglect and a "punishment cell."
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In 2005 Palmer sold his part in the facility to Pastor Russell Cookston and slowly retired while setting up his new businees - an [[Teen Escort Company|escort firm]] named [[Guardian Placement Services]].
  
 
== Program structure ==
 
== Program structure ==
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An example of a weekly schedule is stated to be:
 
An example of a weekly schedule is stated to be:
 
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church 3 times on Sundays<br>
 
church 3 times on Sundays<br>
 
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The detained girl are assigned to a number of jobs such as  everything-helper, laundry helper, kitchen helper, dinning hall helper, chapel helper and dorm helper.
  
 
=== Education ===
 
=== Education ===
 
The facility uses the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) workbook curriculum provided by School of Tomorrow <Ref>[http://www.aceministries.com/ Accelerated Christian Education]</Ref>. School of Tomorrow requries that just one person in an entire school be "certified" to use the curriculum. This certification is NOT from any state agency. It is issued by School of Tomorrow. This enables schools to use the curriculum without having any certified teachers by the State.  
 
The facility uses the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) workbook curriculum provided by School of Tomorrow <Ref>[http://www.aceministries.com/ Accelerated Christian Education]</Ref>. School of Tomorrow requries that just one person in an entire school be "certified" to use the curriculum. This certification is NOT from any state agency. It is issued by School of Tomorrow. This enables schools to use the curriculum without having any certified teachers by the State.  
  
== In the news ==
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===Consequences===
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A girl can be put in detention where she has to write lines like "''I will not disobey my authority''". A number of lines has been mentioned to around 150,000 but the staff member has the power to reduce such sentences if they feel that it would improve the motivation to "work the program". Detention can last for months <Ref>[http://fornits.com/smf/index.php?topic=25925.0 The Good Things, salvation testimonies, experiences, anything good!!], a thread on Fornits Webforum</Ref>.
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As of 2005 detention also involved the use of a "get-right" room a form for solitary confinement <Ref>[http://www.isaccorp.org/victorychristianacademy.asp Internation Survivor Action Committee about Victory Christian Academy] - See 2005.</Ref>
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===Communication===
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The detained girls are ordered to write there parents every Sunday and Wednesday!
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After three months parent can either visit or phone with the detainee once a month. Visits can range from 3 days to 2 weeks.
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Phone calls and visits are not mointered. But phone calls are limited to 30 minutes
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===Misc.===
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A number of rules also exist regarding:
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*touching anyone
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*no cussing
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*cant take the Lords name in vain
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*etc.
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==In the news==
 
Independent News brough an article about a small protest performed outside the facility due to an act of abuse committed in 1992 <Ref>[http://www.inweekly.net/article.asp?artID=713 Secrets in the Schoolhouse], by Duwayne Escobedo, ''Independent News'', December 2 - 2004</Ref>
 
Independent News brough an article about a small protest performed outside the facility due to an act of abuse committed in 1992 <Ref>[http://www.inweekly.net/article.asp?artID=713 Secrets in the Schoolhouse], by Duwayne Escobedo, ''Independent News'', December 2 - 2004</Ref>
  
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*Survivor Group: [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/victorychristianacademy/ victorychristianacademy - Life After VCA & GBTS], ''Yahoo''
 
*Survivor Group: [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/victorychristianacademy/ victorychristianacademy - Life After VCA & GBTS], ''Yahoo''
 
*Survivor Group: [http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/HealingFromAbusivePrograms/ HealingFromAbusivePrograms · Healing the scars of teen programs/homes], ''Yahoo''
 
*Survivor Group: [http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/HealingFromAbusivePrograms/ HealingFromAbusivePrograms · Healing the scars of teen programs/homes], ''Yahoo''
*Forum: [http://wwf.fornits.com/viewforum.php?f=36 Forum on Fornits webforum for Roloffs homes]
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*Survivor Group: [http://groups.myspace.com/vcacademy Victory Christian Academy], ''Myspace''
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*Survivor Group: [http://groups.myspace.com/badgirlschool BAD GIRLS SCHOOL], ''Myspace''
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*Survivor Group: [http://groups.myspace.com/vcasurvivors WE'RE FREE FROM VCA!!!], ''Myspace''
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*Forum: [http://fornits.com/smf/index.php?board=36.0 Forum on Fornits webforum for Roloffs homes]
  
 
== Watch organization status ==
 
== Watch organization status ==
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[[Category:Therapeutic Boarding School]]
 
[[Category:Therapeutic Boarding School]]
 
[[Category:Florida]]
 
[[Category:Florida]]
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[[Category:California]]
 
[[Category:Independent Roloff based facilities]]
 
[[Category:Independent Roloff based facilities]]
 
[[Category:FACCCA]]
 
[[Category:FACCCA]]
 
[[Category:Deaths]]
 
[[Category:Deaths]]

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Lighthouse Ministries of North West Florida is a behavior modification facility marketed as a Christian boarding school. It is located south of Jay, Florida [1]

History

The previous owner of the facility, Brother Michael Palmer, was a long-time associate of Lester Roloff - the founder of the Roloff Homes.

The facility was founded in California under the name Victory Christian Academy. Palmer and his wife moved the facility to Florida after a California judge ordered the facility to close and banned Palmer and his wife Patty from EVER working at another unlicensed facility in the state [2].

Palmer also owned Genesis by the Sea, located in Mexico, which was closed down after a raid by the Mexican authorities on September 10, 2004 where they found evidence of abuse, neglect and a "punishment cell."

In 2005 Palmer sold his part in the facility to Pastor Russell Cookston and slowly retired while setting up his new businees - an escort firm named Guardian Placement Services.

Program structure

An example of a weekly schedule is stated to be:

Weekdays Saturday Sunday

wake up around 5:30
breakfast
morning devotion
school
P.E.
lunch
free time
mid-afternoon devotions
Bible reading
free time
dinner
free time

night chapel or church
on Wednesdays and Sundays
going to bed around 9:30

Friday all is the same
except we have Friday night-
which is a fun night thing
where we watch movies and play
games and stuff

wake up at 8
breakfast
clean the school up
P.E.
then afternoon activities

wake up at 8
church 3 times on Sundays

The detained girl are assigned to a number of jobs such as everything-helper, laundry helper, kitchen helper, dinning hall helper, chapel helper and dorm helper.

Education

The facility uses the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) workbook curriculum provided by School of Tomorrow [3]. School of Tomorrow requries that just one person in an entire school be "certified" to use the curriculum. This certification is NOT from any state agency. It is issued by School of Tomorrow. This enables schools to use the curriculum without having any certified teachers by the State.

Consequences

A girl can be put in detention where she has to write lines like "I will not disobey my authority". A number of lines has been mentioned to around 150,000 but the staff member has the power to reduce such sentences if they feel that it would improve the motivation to "work the program". Detention can last for months [4].

As of 2005 detention also involved the use of a "get-right" room a form for solitary confinement [5]

Communication

The detained girls are ordered to write there parents every Sunday and Wednesday!

After three months parent can either visit or phone with the detainee once a month. Visits can range from 3 days to 2 weeks.

Phone calls and visits are not mointered. But phone calls are limited to 30 minutes

Misc.

A number of rules also exist regarding:

  • touching anyone
  • no cussing
  • cant take the Lords name in vain
  • etc.

In the news

Independent News brough an article about a small protest performed outside the facility due to an act of abuse committed in 1992 [6]

A girl named Carey Dunn" died while doing some construction work during her detention at former California location [7] [8].

References

  1. The facilities on Google maps
  2. International Survivor Action Committee on the facility
  3. Accelerated Christian Education
  4. The Good Things, salvation testimonies, experiences, anything good!!, a thread on Fornits Webforum
  5. Internation Survivor Action Committee about Victory Christian Academy - See 2005.
  6. Secrets in the Schoolhouse, by Duwayne Escobedo, Independent News, December 2 - 2004
  7. program deaths, tread on the myspace group called "End Institutionalized Child Abuse"
  8. Falling Lumber Kills Hesperia Girl at Academy, The Los Angeles Times, September 25 - 1988 (Reprint from International Survivor Action Committee)

External Links

Watch organization status