Project PATCH

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Project PATCH (Planned Assistance for Troubled Children) began as the dream of Tom and Bonnie Sanford. At its inception in 1984, PATCH was a foster home referral program. Since 1990 it has been dedicated to providing a Christian therapeutic program for youth-at-risk. Through the generosity of many people who shared the Sanford's dream, the Project PATCH Ranch came into existence.

Project PATCH Ranch is a licensed treatment facility for youth aged twelve to seventeen. Thirty to thirty-five residents are served by a dedicated staff of more than forty.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Project PATCH
PO Box 820209
Vancouver, WA 98682


Phone: (360) 690-8495

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 930929618

CEO/President: Chuck Hagele

Chairman: Rick Claridge

Board size: 8

Founder: Mr. Tom Sanford

Ruling year: 1984

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Project PATCH (Planned Assistance for Troubled Children) is passionately committed to reaching out to at-risk young people throughout the United States and Canada to help them realize their self worth and potential, as well as the significance of God's love to them.

The Project PATCH Ranch is licensed to provide 40 young people with therapeutic treatment. The average stay to complete the four levels and graduate is eighteen months. A wilderness-oriented experience which emphasizes cause and effect, is an integral part of the therapeutic program. Individual and group counseling, education, recreation, group activities and work opportunities are provided for the young people to succeed and grow in a stable caring family-like environment.

PATCH's qualified staff is set up on a one to three ratio, child to adult. This small ratio allows personal time with each young person. Their interactions, work performance, attitude; everything is subject to guidance, correction and comments throughout the entire day. This counseling process assists the young person in moving towards healthier habits, behaviors and thinking. It involves mentoring through consultation, advice, and guidance from the staff member.

The PATCH staff is a great team. There is twenty-seven dormitory staff that is available to the young people and there is staff awake twenty-four hours a day. Four full time treatment therapists comprise the Project PATCH counseling team.

Mission statement

Project PATCH uses the following to express its mission:

Project PATCH is passionately committed to reaching out to young people throughout the United States and Canada who are at risk and help them realize their self-worth, potential and significance of God's love to them.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating698 of 103348 of 79
Fund acquisition rating333 of 103521 of 79
Resource allocation rating748 of 103559 of 79
Asset utilization rating774 of 103358 of 79

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$402,947$342,990$157,784$205,892$154,217
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,079,841$511,618$175,184$286,317$216,149
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,572,635$3,529,763$3,652,835$4,334,788$4,480,465
Other long-term assets$33,417$141,545$147,595$141,095$141,095
Total long-term assets$3,606,052$3,671,308$3,800,430$4,475,883$4,621,560
Total assets$5,685,893$4,182,926$3,975,614$4,762,200$4,837,709
Payables and accrued expenses$74,358$74,241$132,782$174,811$111,170
Other current liabilities$19,196$5,336$38,762$519,141$488,425
Total current liabilities$93,554$79,577$171,544$693,952$599,595
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$434,236$403,856$417,351$502,141$420,552
Total long-term liabilities$434,236$982,856$428,063$528,479$461,855
Total liabilities$527,790$1,062,433$599,607$1,222,431$1,061,450
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$5,080,780$2,982,176$3,263,204$3,403,790$3,649,755
With donor restrictions$77,323$138,317$112,803$135,979$126,504
Net assets$5,158,103$3,120,493$3,376,007$3,539,769$3,776,259
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,521,778$896,354$1,227,643$1,361,996$1,309,663
Program service revenue$2,322,850$962,661$644,051$673,722$777,686
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$279$0
Other revenue$81,385$111,376$105,703$152,379$141,421
Total other revenue$2,404,235$1,074,037$749,754$826,380$919,107
Total revenue$4,926,013$1,970,391$1,977,397$2,188,376$2,228,770
Program services$1,942,068$1,795,756$1,931,705$2,013,641$1,978,039
Management and general$656,116$362,175$303,197$330,143$359,558
Total expenses$2,694,015$2,225,905$2,307,562$2,424,866$2,470,098
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$2,231,998($255,514)($330,165)($236,490)($241,328)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,231,998($255,514)($330,165)($236,490)($241,328)


Chuck HageleExecutive Director$87,920

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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Tom and Bonnie Sanford started Project Patch with the dream of helping lost youth. They knew that troubled teens are hurting teens and they longed to give them safety and a new chance at life. The changed lives of hundreds of young people served by Project Patch continues to be an inspiration to the many people that consistently support this cause.

Project Patch began in 1984 as a referral and foster placement program. From 1984 to 1993, Project Patch made nearly 1,800 foster care referrals and placed just under 400 young people in loving, Christian foster care homes. As the need to place youth escalated and it became increasingly difficult to find enough foster homes, the Patch Board of Trustees began to pray for a place to house young people.

In 1989, a gift of 116 acres in southern Idaho, including riverfront acreage, along with the purchase of an adjacent 53 acres, provided the possibility of fulfilling this dream of a place for hurting teens.

In 1990, Project Patch placed a trailer on the property and began praying for more miracles. Many miracles, many volunteers, and many generous donors later, construction was completed on residence halls and the main lodge with beautiful views of the river.

Maranatha Volunteers International and various youth groups across the Northwest helped to develop the Project Patch youth ranch into an impressive and modern campus. Eventually, a school, gymnasium, workshop, and chapel were added to the campus.

Since 1993, over 1,000 teenagers have been physically, emotionally, and spiritually renewed at the Project Patch Youth Programs. The teens spend an average of 14 months working their way up through a four-level program to the point of completion.

Just a few minutes outside of Goldendale, Wash., the Project Patch Family Life and Conference Center sits on almost 500 acres of beautiful land. With views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, canyons, rivers, and a couple of waterfalls, the completed facility has something for everyone. But it didn't just happen overnight.

The Tupper family came to the valley in 1963 and began farming. Through the years they helped many young people attain Christian education. Their heart for young people and families led them to give just under 500 acres to Project Patch.

They were able to be present at the dedication ceremony of the family and conference center in 2010, and were given the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon. In late 2010 we bade goodbye to Dr. Elsie Tupper when she passed away. Pictured below are Elsie and Clarence Tupper and Marjorie (Tupper) Wentland at the dedication ceremony in May 2010. Clarence Tupper passed away in October 31, 2016.

During 2004 and 2005, Patch thinned over 50 acres of the pine forest around the areas where buildings were planned. This was done to promote forest health and to provide protection from fire.

Fencing was constructed along almost two miles of driveway and along the border with neighbors. Many volunteers came and helped complete this task. Among the volunteers were some of the teens from the youth ranch in Idaho.

From standard framing to foam and concrete, from small to large, from complex to simple, all of the buildings that now stand are the product of dedication and effort by a lot of people who deeply care about helping young people and their families.

Every building was planned, erected, and finished by talented and generous people. Most of them were volunteers from various churches and service organizations who worked with a core group of paid staff to construct the buildings that now make up our Family Life and Conference Center.

After overcoming many challenges by steady efforts, fervent prayers, and continuous faith in God's ability to provide miracles, Project Patch is now able to offer the Family Experience to parents and their teens (12-17 years old) who want to find the best possible ways to get through the challenges that have come their way. Patch believes that God provided so many miracles for Patch so that He could provide many more miracles for families.

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