Freeman News

Turnaround Ranch pays it forward

October 12, 2012

A generous gift from Tri-State Area Contractors Association (TSACA) encouraged students at Ozark Center Turnaround Ranch to pay it forward.

JOPLIN, Mo.—A generous gift from Tri-State Area Contractors Association (TSACA) encouraged students at Ozark Center Turnaround Ranch to pay it forward. Members of TSACA recently donated $40,000 in labor and materials to make improvements at several Turnaround Ranch locations. Upgrades included a new shower and bath installation, lighting improvements, landscaping, and cosmetic upgrades. 

Turnaround Ranch students and staff were so moved by the kindness, they offered their assistance during the landscaping portion of the project. The generosity of TSACA also propelled members of Turnaround Ranch to organize upcoming volunteer service projects at Watered Gardens and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States. 

“When members of the community display such a level of kindness and compassion, it really has an impact on our students,” said Wendy Jones, Turnaround Ranch Operations Supervisor. “It makes our kids feel special and compels them to take ownership in our community. We truly are grateful to the Tri-State Area Contractors Association for making such an impactful donation.” 

Turnaround Ranch assists local youth with emotional and behavioral problems. The organization provides group, individual, and family therapy; recreational therapy; and behavioral health services for adolescents, ages 10-18. An average of 65 students receive help each day through Turnaround Ranch programs.

TSACA supports youth organizations throughout the community. This year, the organization made improvements at Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri. The association also awards several annual scholarships. Turnaround Ranch was chosen by the TSACA Charitable Giving Committee because of the resources it offers to children. Work will continue at Turnaround Ranch to make cosmetic enhancements. 

TSACA was incorporated in 2000 with a mission to improve working conditions for the commercial construction industry in southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma, and to become a viable power to address city, county, and state issues directly impacting the commercial construction industry in these areas. Those with questions about TSACA may contact Christy Holcomb, Executive Administrator, at 417.627.9392.

About Freeman Health System

Based in Joplin, Missouri, Freeman Health System is the area’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health system, serving southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. Freeman provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services, including cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, and women’s services, with more than 300 physicians representing 60 specialties. For more information, visit or, or follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at

About Ozark Center

An integral component of Freeman Health System based in Joplin, Missouri, Ozark Center provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults, and families in an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the mental health needs of the community and promote awareness of mental illness in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it. For more information, visit or call 417.347.7600.