Message From The President
Susie Black Holamon, President
Welcome to the GEARY GIRLS RANCH, a “foster home community” in North Texas.
We are building homes to build lives because we believe every child deserves a safe home!
I am Susie Black Holamon, President and Founder of the North Texas Geary Girls Ranch. I was in foster care in Dallas from the age of 12 to 17 years old. The ranch is a tribute and a legacy to Joe and Charlotte Geary, who were instrumental in me and my siblings receiving good foster care.The success I have achieved in my life can be attributed to their care and support. I am a retired teacher, I have been married for over 42 years, and I have raised two sons. I have written my story, My Five Moms, and immersed myself in the foster care system. I have been a mentor and a respite to the Ebby House girls (a transitional home for girls who have aged out of the system and are part of the Juliette Fowler Communities in Dallas) and a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). I was a CASA to a teenage girl who was in the foster care system for five years. Tragically, during the 5 years in the system, she had 13 different placements and nine different caseworkers. She has now aged out of the system and has become another statistic.
Because of these experiences, I recognize the need for change in the foster care system and I am on a mission to “pay it forward” to a new generation of displaced children. Geary Girls Ranch is building a “blueprint” for a “foster home community” that will serve as a foundation for foster homes in the future. We have researched three successful “foster home communities” in Oklahoma, and we are inspired to recreate and implement their innovative model in Texas.
We are building a “foster home community” because every child deserves a safe home! Each home will be an independent foster home, with licensed foster parents, and will be equipped to care for up six children at any given time. These homes, in one centralized location, enables Geary Girls Ranch and the surrounding communities to provide mentors, volunteers, therapeutic and educational programs necessary for the children to heal from the trauma, neglect and abuse they have experienced. This community of support and programs will give parents the opportunity to focus on building healthy relationships while guiding each child to a successful future. Statistics show, failure among foster parents is directly related to the isolation they feel and the lack of support received that is necessary to effectively meet the needs of each child. Geary Girls Ranch will provide a community of support that will empower parents and children to reach their full potential.
GEARY GIRLS RANCH has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and is a nonprofit organization. We are privately funded and rely 100% on donations.
“A Tribute to Joe and Charlotte Geary”
The Geary Girls Ranch evolved from the charitable spirit that Joe and Charlotte Geary demonstrated throughout their lives. Joe and Charlotte were insightful and sensitive to the needs of others and humble and gracious in their service. Fifty plus years ago, together with the East Dallas Exchange Club, Joe and Charlotte established a faith-based foster home that offered stability, permanency, encouragement and guidance to three teenagers in their neighborhood. Today, The Geary Girls Ranch is built on those same principals.
Colleen Geary Patton (daughter of Joe and Charlotte Geary) and Susie Black Holamon (foster child who lived with the Geary’s) have joined together to build a HOME for children who have been displaced. Together, they believe that what their foster home community will provide for young children experiencing homelessness is vital to their transition to independence. Their vision and passion is to offer a home where young children have the opportunity to grow and develop spiritually, emotionally and physically in order to realize their full potential. Both Colleen and Susie feel blessed that the example Joe and Charlotte set forth consistently through their lives has inspired them to carry on their legacy through the Geary Girls Ranch.
Meet The Board
Susie Holamon, President
Carol Warren, Director
Colleen Geary Patton, Vice President
Gwendolyn Spence, Secretary
Cynthia Prange, Director
Lezlie MacElroy, Treasurer
Nancy Pinson, Director
P.O. Box 790, Tioga, Texas 76271