Transformation through Love
We strengthen character by modeling Christ-centered values and creating hospitable communities where lives are renewed and restored through love. We do this in two ways:
- Residential programs that provide a safe haven for at-risk young people and help them restore their lives through a holistic approach that focuses on mind, body and soul.
- Retreat centers offering beautiful, Christ-centered getaway sanctuaries that provide relaxation, recreation and spiritual fellowship where individuals, families and groups can be refreshed and renewed.
Jerrell Hill, the Founder of Timothy Hill, was initially a preacher in Riverhead, NY. He and his wife Fern opened their home and hearts to dozens of foster children who were homeless and in need of temporary housing. Their older son, Timothy, saw the painful hardships and emotional suffering that the children had endured, and was deeply affected. He told his parents he wanted someday to… “Build a place where troubled kids could live, be loved, feel safe, and have wide open spaces to ride horses.”
Timothy began working at age 12 to save money for the land where his dream could become a reality. He worked three paper routes and had already begun contacting real estate agents in search of property. His mother, Fern, recalls fielding return calls from disgruntled real estate agents. She simply explained to them that she could not discourage her son from following his dream.
On May 11, 1972, a tragic bicycle-truck accident ended Timothy’s life at the young age of 13. His mother, wanting a way to commemorate his life, wrote a book entitled, “Graduation to Glory,” which recounted Timothy’s altruistic years and his visionary dream of opening up a ranch for troubled children and young people. Friends and neighbors responded spontaneously by creating a memorial fund earmarked “for Timothy’s Ranch”. Jerrell and Fern adopted their son’s dream and God has blessed their journey ever since.
Timothy Hill opened its doors for the first time on November 15, 1980 and has been a safe haven for hundreds of children during desperate times of abuse, neglect, and crisis.