At the north end of beautiful Sugar Valley, located on 500 acres is Mountain Top Boys Home, a place designed to “help young men prepare to take an ethical and responsible citizenship role in the community.”

Gary Stout, executive director, was introduced at the most recent Rotary Club meeting by Charles Prater, program chair. Stout came to Mountain Top after being program director at Georgia Baptist Home for several years.

Stout says Mountain Top has the capacity to have 16 residents, all boys between the ages of 12-17 who are referred from Department of Family and Children Services or the Department of Juvenile Justice. The length of stay ranges from six months up to three years, depending upon the individual needs of each resident.

The program is licensed and inspected by the State and is governed by a Board of Directors. Staff are on duty 24-hours a day and consist of house parents, therapists and others.

To learn more about Mountain Top and how you might help as a volunteer or with a tax deductible contribution, visit their website at;

Also attending our meeting were Scorpio Dedmon and Laura Roberson, Assistant Vice President, Calhoun BB&T.

In the photo are: Scorpio Dedmon; Gary Stout; Laura Roberson; John A. King, Calhoun Rotary President; Charles Prater, Program Chair.