It wasn’t always easy to keep sibling groups together. Boys Country and Girls Country were once 5 miles apart when the girls lived on our 2920 Campus (now College and Career). One former resident, Crystal York, remembers living apart from her twin brother, Robert, when they were both 8 years old: “It was difficult to be separated. But my sister, LaChrisha, and I used to visit Robert all the time. He loved the country life. He liked to help out on the ranch. We all loved life out there.” Crystal and her siblings came to live at Boys and Girls Country from 1989 to 1993; “it was the best place for us to be; my mom couldn’t take care of us,” says Crystal.
She says they all took away a lot of good lessons from her time at Boys and Girls Country, “I know how to treat others and these are lessons I have been able to pass on to my children. I’m so glad for all Boys and Girls Country taught me and my siblings.
She and her sister used to walk around the Girls Country lake and pick blackberries. Crystal says she loved doing arts and crafts with church groups that came to visit. “These were the best times of our lives.”
Crystal is now an Executive Assistant for a Transportation Company in Houston. She has three children, one of whom is adopted; Leeah, Dylan and Ashlynn.
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