This is a  staff list for Hope Home and Academy in Duck Hill, MS

This program is closed (June, 2013).

(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 Hope Home and Academy.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Hope Home and Academy, you have the right to take action. 


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Hope Home and Academy, please contact 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.


This program is closed.




Additional Information
Jimmy Prather Co-Founder Formerly worked for Happiness Hills in Union, MS.
Donna Prather Co-Founder Formerly worked for Happiness Hills in Union, MS.
Tammy Mitchell Staff  


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)

Lighthouse (FL)

Jubilee Home for Women

ABM Family of Services

Agape Boarding School

Bethel Girls Academy (MS)

Bethel Boys Academy (MS) (a.k.a. most recently renamed--Gulf Coast Academy--a WWASP Facility)

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

Happiness Hills (MS)


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

Cross Creek Programs in Utah  Also see: for video testimony from a family defrauded by Cross Creek/WWASPS.

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)

*(Hope Home and Academy, 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.)
Hope Home and Academy was shut down by Mississippi authorities in June, 2013.  Source:
Girls removed from facility 7/12/2013 By GALEN HOLLEY Staff Writer    Seventeen girls have been removed from a Christian girls’ home in Sweatman due to allegations of abuse, according to law enforcement officials in Montgomery County.    The girls were taken on June 27 from the Hope Christian Home and Academy, according to Sheriff Bubba Nix.    “We helped in the operation,” said Nix, describing how the sheriff’s department assisted in gathering the girls who resided at the facility and passing them over to the care of Family and Children’s Services.    “They’ll either be passed on to their parents or united with foster parents,” said Nix. Family and Children’s Services acted on a 911 call that they received reporting abuse, Nix said. He wouldn’t comment further.    Judy McClain, regional director for Grenada DHS declined comment Tuesday.    Julia Bryan, in the Office of Communications for the Mississippi Department of Human Services, released a short statement to the GrenadaStar.    “I am unable to confirm your information regarding Hope Christian Girls School, but please remind your readers: Anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect should call the 24-hour child abuse hotline at 1-800-222-8000. Reports can also be made online at:”    Hope Christian Home was started in 1998 by Jimmy and Donna Prather. The facility is located off Highway 404 east of Duck Hill.    A reporter from the GrenadaStar visited the facility Tuesday afternoon in an effort to contact the Prathers. It appeared that no one was there.  Source:


 Last Updated: October 24th, 2015

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