A residential school for at-risk girls is proposed for a large home in the Village of Kauffman and a conditional use hearing will be held before the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Carissa Martin of Greencastle, founder and president of the private, nonprofit Christian residential education program Monarch's Way, believes the property at 7465 Angle Road is perfect for her vision.

"It is my passion to see hope restored to hurting people and to help them remove the barriers that stand in the way of them walking in the fullness of their destiny," according to Martin, who taught at Shalom Christian Academy for 12 years. She currently is a prayer counselor with Spring of Hope, which has offices in Waynesboro and Chambersburg, and has worked for a global ministry with over 500 rescued children in its care for the last two years.

"This vision and property have been in my heart for 19 years," Martin said. "When Mr. (Raymond) Wishard, the gentleman who had built the home was living, we had many conversations about what I believed would take place in his beautiful home after he was no longer living there."

The goal is to open the year-round school with eight girls ages 11 to 17 in August 2019 and grow gradually. The building can house up to 20 girls.

"There is an epidemic of brokenness in the culture of teen girls today," Martin said. "Young girls across America and in our communities are struggling and dying from life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, sexual abuse, addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancies. The statistics are alarming, but we believe there is a way to meet these young girls where they are and help them take steps toward wholeness, healing and transformation."

The Monarch's Way Education Program has four components:

Academic Achievement: Small classes and individual attention to develop a love of learning.

Core Culture Disciplines: Life skills including, but not limited to, responsibility, etiquette, character, finances, health, fitness, giving back, missions and recreation.

Counseling and Coaching: Counseling model "Choices That Bring Change" combines biblical principles of healing and unconditional love with clinical interventions.

Family Environment: Houseparents, a married couple, live in the home and model healthy family relationships while incorporating Christian virtues in all aspects of daily living.

The girls, both local and from across the United States, must "desire a change in their lives and are seeking tools to aid in the process."

Martin said, "This property has a unique design and, in my opinion, doesn't have the standard appeal for a typical family dwelling, which may be one reason it has been sitting empty for around 13 years. But as a year-round, private school for eight to 20 girls, based on a safe, loving family environment, it's perfect."

The property is located in an agriculture zone, with homes, a school and farms nearby. Tuesday night, the Antrim Township boards will hear testimony on the conditional use application. The planning commission will make recommendations for conditions that may be put in place. The planners have up to 35 days, but could make their recommendations Tuesday. Supervisors have up to 45 days, but also could make a decision Tuesday.