This is a staff list for Still Waters Christian Boarding School in Union, MS
(a.k.a. Happiness Hill Christian Home and Academy, Happiness Hill Ministries, Solid Rock Boy's Home in Union, MS fka Happiness Hills)
(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)
We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Happiness Hills/Still Waters. For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm. If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Happiness Hills/Still Waters, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Happiness Hills/Still Waters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years. This will help! Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.
Please don’t place your loved one in Happiness Hills/Still Waters and rescue them if they are there now.
Statement submitted by
on October 8th, 2009:
"As a former 'detainee' of Happiness Hill I have
found some errors in the staff list. Jack High is not the founder of
the HH Home. It was founded by Raymond and Kaye Palmer who used to work at
the Roloff homes in TX. They chose MS because of the lack if involvement in
homes and school like this by the state. There was also I Bro. & Mrs. Dye
and thier daughter Rebekah Joy, they were from TN. Miss Debbie was the
devil. She was an over weight mean woman on a power trip. She was the
strictest of the bunch. If you were punished she would take it to another
level. When girls were on confinement she made up the rule that rather than
just keeping your head down, that you had to touch your chin to your chest
for 55 minutes out of every hour. You got a break when she said you got
one. it was extremely painful! I will say that they are not a cult. The
problem is that the purpose of the program has been long forgotten. Just
because something has God or religion attached to it doesn't make the people
who believe or are affliated with it in a cult or brainwashed. I did my
time at HH and I have forgotten most of what went on. I remember things
that the other girls talk about but I don't remember too much. I did leave
there with a better understanding of the Bible and closer to God..... but I
also left with a permanent crick in my neck.
|Karen High||Jack's Wife/Co-Founder/V.P.||(Their having been the founders is disputed by survivor reports.)1|
|Bob Hamblen||Pastor to the "President"^|
|David Harrell||"Principal"||Harrell is Hamblen's son-in-law and has worked for the program since 2003.|
|Becky Harrell||Dorm Supervisor||Jack/Karen's daughter and David Harrell's wife.|
|Suzanne Barton||Dorm Worker|
|Faith & Anna Worley||Staff||The Worley sisters are also "graduates" of the Happiness Hills program. They "graduated" in 2006.|
|Chelsea Sledge||Staff||Chris and Chelsea are married. And, they've been with the cult since 2007.1|
|Steve Wukmer||Director of sister program||Director of Solid Rock Boy's Home.|
|Robin Wukmer||Steve's wife|
|Michelle Solomon||Staff||Solomon is also a "graduate" of Happiness Hills. She "graduated" in 2009 was "led to stay" by the cult according to their website as of July 23rd, 2009 at 10:00pm Pacific.|
|Rebekah Joy Dye||Staff||Daughter of "Brother" and Mrs. Dye.|
|John and Anna Rush||Staff||Anna is a graduate of the program. Only qualification.|
|Mrs. Debbie||Staff||Reported by survivor on December 6th, 2010 via e-mail. (dates in program 1995-1996)|
|Brother Prather||Asst. Pastor||Reported by survivor on December 6th, 2010 via e-mail. (dates in program 1995-1996)|
|Mrs. Prather||Cook||Reported by survivor on December 6th, 2010 via e-mail. (dates in program 1995-1996)|
|Mrs. Paula||Dorm Parent||Reported by survivor on December 6th, 2010 via e-mail. (dates in program 1995-1996)|
|Christina Fleming||House Parent|
|Shawn Fleming||House Parent|
|Suzanne Barton||House Parent|
|Brooke Raub||Staff||And, "graduate"/former resident.|
|Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gazarek||Staff|
FORMER (& LIKELY CURRENT) PROGRAM AFFILIATIONS:
Affiliated with the People's Baptist Church
The Rebekah Home for Girls (a.k.a. Rebecca Home for Girls, New Beginnings/Lighthouse Ministries in Jay, FL--Started in Texas)
City of Refuge in Oklahoma
Anchor Home for Boys (FL?) (Anchor Academy, Anchor Character Training Center)
Jubilee Home for Women
ABM Family of Services
Agape Boarding School
Bethel Girls Academy (MS)
Calvary Academy (FL)
Reclamation Ranch (AL)
New Bethany Home
Mountain Park Academy (MO)
Hephzibah House (IN)
Maranatha Baptist Church (IN)
Solid Rock Boy's Home
OTHER CURRENT PROGRAM AFFILIATIONS:
Academy at Ivy Ridge (Academy at Ivy Ridge) in New York
Spring Creek Lodge in Montana
Camas Ranch (for 18 year olds+ young men) in Montana
Carolina Springs Academy in South Carolina
Horizon Academy in Nevada
Darrington Academy (reportedly closed) in Georgia
Midwest Academy in Iowa
Tranquility Bay in Jamaica (reportedly closed)
High Impact in Mexico (reportedly closed)
Casa by the Sea (reportedly closed)
Pillars of Hope in Costa Rica (still operating)
|*(Happiness Hills, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices. Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience. Thank you for your help.)|
|Director of group home arrested By TRISTAN STOVALL Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:00 PM The former director of Happiness Hill Christian Home for girls on Deemer Road and his wife were charged with embezzlement after $210,313.36 was reported missing following a state audit, the authorities said. Jack High, 69, of 11901 Road 505, and Karen Lynn High, 67, same address, were charged with taking the money from the Christian home, a mission of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Lafayette, Ind. High was director of Happiness Hill and his wife was secretary/treasurer, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said. They are no longer employed by the home, which is now directed by John and Anna Rush. While a routine state audit revealed $210,313.36 in missing funds, Waddell said a separate in-house audit showed $383,251.05. Sheriff Investigator Ralph Sciple said he was notified of the missing funds on March 8 by William Murdock, chairman of the board of Lighthouse Baptist Church. The Highs were arrested on April 21. The Highs were released from jail on bonds. Happiness Hill was founded in 1991 by Raymond and Kaye Palmer. It is a home for young ladies between the ages of 13-17 who want and are willing to receive help. According to their website, many of the young ladies have been abused, neglected and unwanted. Some may be caught up in alcohol, drugs, being with the wrong crowd, rebellion and some may just have no one to care for them, the website said. Among the home’s financial supporting ministries in this area are Arlington, Calvary and Enon Baptist churches and First Baptist Church of Union and Greenland Baptist Church of Union. A home for boys was later opened called the Solid Rock Boy’s Home. The two homes are located within five miles of each other on Road 505, better known as Deemer Road. - See more at: http://www.neshobademocrat.com/Content/NEWS/News/Article/Director-of-group-home-arrested/2/297/38709#sthash.Jmgajq88.dpuf|
All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public. We've found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see: http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm, http://www.heal-online.org/bolthouse.htm and http://www.heal-online.org/abundant2.htm. Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims. We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-list to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims. We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources. In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction. And, for information on how such requests are handled and have been resolved historically, see: http://www.heal-online.org/requests.htm.
HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily. In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed. Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children. See http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information. Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements parents must sign assuring the program that the parents have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case. In fact, in the David Taylor case found at http://www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm, Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants. His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so.
Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice. And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them. And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA.
HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:
a. Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation. It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment. For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A. Or, see: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/ which includes in part: "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."
b. Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive. Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights. Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm. "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)." (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)
c. Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children. Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family. Source: http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html
d. Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful. Best source on this currently is: https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc
e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments. Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html
Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective. You can request these documents via e-mail. In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services. Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know" for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.
If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "Emancipation Guide".
If you have a complaint against any facility, please file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency or your home state's attorney general. For reporting resources see: http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm. (Reporting guide is for USA only at this time.)
REPORTING GUIDE FOR VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND WHISTLEBLOWERS:
In Mississippi, the criminal statutes of limitation are 2 years on misdemeanors and no statute of limitation on felonies including fraud, rape, domestic violence, kidnapping, child abuse, child trafficking, manslaughter, and murder. For civil suits in Mississippi, the statute of limitations is 2 years on most suits and up to 7 years depending on cause of action. Here are your options:
1. Report crimes such as fraud, assault, battery, false imprisonment, rape, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in Mississippi. You can call the Union Police at (601) 774-9211 to inquire about filing an official complaint which when filed may provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or prosecution.
2. File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against Happiness Hills, Still Waters Christian Boarding School, and/or Solid Rock Boys Home and include your request for a refund/compensation for any harm done to you. You can find the easy online forms for filing such a complaint (which may result in an investigation, prosecution, and/or civil resolution on your case) under your home state's (state where you currently reside) header at https://www.heal-online.org/report.htm . If your home state is Mississippi or you'd like to file with the Mississippi State Attorney General as a non-resident, here is that link and form: https://www.ago.state.ms.us/divisions/consumer-protection/consumer-complaint-form/
3. If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court. However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to the terms of the settlement. You can find legal resources at https://www.heal-online.org/legal.htm and legal causes of action related to institutionalized abuse claims at https://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm .
4. You may post a statement about your experience at your program on our unmoderated message board at http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=3407841501&cpv=2 OR send a new e-mail to email@example.com with subject "Post My Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in your e-mail with that subject) to https://www.cope.church/feedback.htm and add a direct link to those .pdf files to this page .
5. You may also wish to provide a guest sermon. Guest sermons are posted at https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm , under Progress Reports/Guest Sermons at https://www.heal-online.org where appropriate, and on program info pages when applicable. So, one provided by you on your program would also be placed on this page . Guest sermons should be written into the body of an e-mail and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Your first and last name will be disclosed (contact info will not be unless you expressly ask for that). For sermons available on our site see https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm (and sermon archives linked on that page). If you have questions about this option, please contact email@example.com. Please see https://www.cope.church/givetoday.pdf to get an idea what your sermon may be worth.
|June 9th, 2021: Janice C. (formerly Janice M.) Feedback on Happiness Hills in MS.|
|June 9th, 2021: COPE Conversion Program Progress Report: Happiness Hills AKA Still Waters AKA Solid Rock in MS.|
|December 15th, 2021: A Reading on Happiness Hills by Melissa Olcott, guest sermonizer.|
December 15th, 2021
Last Updated: December 15th, 2021