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Not every woman who comes to Fulshear will take the same path. Some need treatment before they can transition, while some require only our support as they learn to create their independent life.

Based on the care team’s clinical assessment, it is possible that you might skip the ranch experience completely and go straight to our Sugar Grove apartments for your transition experience. Our compassionate staff will provide varying levels of support, tailoring care based on your specific needs.

Unlike other types of transition programs, our average length of stay in independent living is six to eight months. This longer timeframe affords you the opportunity to settle in, get comfortable, and get a strong handle on learning to manage an independent life, as well as work on career aspirations or further your education.


Life Skills

Work Life


Furthering or finishing your academic education is important if you want to be self-sufficient and independent. You might be surprised by how much emphasis we put on getting you to advance your education. We do it because achieving an academic goal—whether it’s earning a GED, professional certification, or bachelor’s degree—will help you plan for success after Fulshear. Academics are critical to emerging from our program with a strategy for the future.

Not every woman who comes to Fulshear has the same academic history, abilities or goals, and so we develop an individualized academic plan for you. Our education staff will assess your academic status, strengths and goals. With your input, we’ll construct a specific plan of academic coursework.

If you’d like to prepare for and apply to college, you may take college prep classes, standardized test-prep courses (SAT, ACT) and standardized tests. We’ll help you put together and submit college and/or vocational school applications.

Personalized education plans are constructed from a wide range of academic offerings that include:


  • Independent Study: Accredited high school classes are available through Wharton County Junior College, University of Houston, Texas Tech, New Haven High School, your home school district and other reputable schools with distance learning options. College level classes are available through the University of Houston, University of Texas and Wharton County Junior College. If you choose independent study coursework, we’ll assist you with course selection and instructional support. You can use these courses to retake previously completed courses for a higher grade, earn credits to complete high school, or work toward a college degree.
  • Home High School: Your home high school may allow you to complete your coursework at Fulshear independently, under the supervision of Fulshear’s education staff.
  • Equivalency Exam: If you qualify, you may study for and take a high school equivalency exam (GED) through nearby community colleges.
  • College or Vocational School: You have the option of applying to and enrolling in a local college, university or vocational school as part of the transitional living portion of our program

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Life Skills

Transitioning to independent living prepared is possible. Our life skills program is designed to help you become successful in practical ways.

Living on your own requires a lot—things you might overlook. These include managing your finances, interviewing for a job, cooking and maintaining a relationship with roommates. You may be excelling academically, but these other stresses in life can be overwhelming and have the potential to sabotage your progress.

The best way to learn life skills is through experience. From the first day you arrive at Fulshear, you’ll be given responsibilities designed to teach competence and self-sufficiency. Your duties will include horse care, household management, meal preparation and roommate conflict resolution. Our staff will be there to mentor and guide you in these tasks.

As you enter the independent living phase of the program, you’ll manage a personal and household budget, plan and shop for your own meals, assume household and campus leadership responsibilities and mentor new students.

In the final phases of the Fulshear program, you’ll move to the Fulshear apartments in Stafford  Texas. It’s here that you’ll continue your relationship with your Transition Specialist who will be responsible for being your biggest advocate. They’ll continue to facilitate experiences for you that will help increase your confidence, self esteem, and tolerance of uncomfortable situations and feelings. You’ll practice interviewing skills, prepare a résumé, learn personal scheduling and time management, and create a strategic plan for work and school. Living in the apartments will test your newly acquired skills in real-world situations, with the benefit of staff and peer support but without an externally managed structure to fall back on.

At this point, you’ll be living independently. You and your roommates (three per apartment) will be responsible for paying your bills, managing finances, and balancing work, school and recreation. Our mentors and therapists will help you cope with challenges, process the fears and anxieties of independent living, and achieve a balanced and manageable life. And with The Ranch less than thirty minutes away, you can return for additional therapeutic support if needed.

Toward the end of the program, you’ll create goals for the future and a plan to make them a reality. When you have the life skills, initiative, personal vision, maturity and overall wellness to transition, you’ll begin the process of stepping into the rewarding life you have designed for yourself—the life after Fulshear.


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Work Life

In final phase of the Fulshear program after you’ve moved to our independent-living apartments in Stafford, Texas, you can apply for employment in the community. You’ll be responsible for identifying and pursuing job prospects with the staff there to support you. We encourage you to pursue employment based on a balance of factors, including related experience or education, availability, wages, and relevance to your personal passions and future plans.

Stafford, Texas, offers a diverse abundance of employment opportunities including positions at professional offices, schools, hotels or restaurants, and much more. Successful employment will require you to take the workplace and life skills you have acquired at Fulshear to the next level. You’ll earn a wage, maintain your own bank account and manage your personal finances. When you graduate from Fulshear, you’ll have a vision, plan and  the life skills to pursue a career.


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