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Indian Mound Residential Farm for Boys

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is located in rural DeKalb County, near the picturesque Center Hill Lake.  Indian Mound was established in 1991, and has touched the lives of well over 1,000 male adolescents and their families.

Indian Mound Residence

One unique characteristic of this Center is a large three story luxurious residential home that reflects the commitment of caring and provides a safe, nurturing, family-like environment. From this home, the Center has the capacity of serving a total of 16 youth whose average length of stay is four to six months. The 5-bedroom home offers over 6,000 square feet of relaxing and secure living space including a multi-purpose room used for group services, music and art classes and various learning activities.

Indian Mound FarmAs a 118 acre fully operational farm, Indian Mound uses this setting as part of its Educational and Vocational tutoring.  The Vocational component offers Construction Core classes, basic Carpentry, and electrical wiring courses.  Through these classes, students have opportunities to earn vocational credits that count toward the completion of their high school diplomas.  The farm also serves as a place where the youth can learn land management and participate in caring for animals.

Indian Mound WorkshopPrevious vocational building projects consists of: picnic tables, construction of a large cabin located at Lakeside Resort, a FHA home in Smithville, construction of the current Indian Mound School and administrative building and several other renovations at Indian Mound and Lakeside Resort. The students are actively involved in multiple community service projects such as: mowing and maintenance of nearby church cemeteries, helping elderly neighbors with yard/farm work, cutting and donating firewood, trash pick-ups and annual Center Hill Lake clean-up. Also, the students participate in preparing commodity items for distribution to UCHRA clients.

Indiam Mound LoungeThe Indian Mound staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of the young males that are placed in our care having the ability to provide the youth with the skills and services to address long term life changing goals. In a safe, family-like environment young men can grow, find out who they are, what they want out of life, and become successful educationally, emotionally, and socially. The primary focus is to help each youth succeed in transitioning back to their perspective families and communities with a strength of character they can use to achieve the success in life that they desire and deserve. The counseling services combined with the behavior modification and evidence based programs provide an ideal environment for the youth to earn a second "CHANCE!"

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Indian Mound's PREA Report

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With commitment, effort, and integrity, trust can be regained;
With compassion, hope and resolve, relationships can be restored;
Trust and Relationships grow when youth are given a
CHANCE to show that they can CHANGE!

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Program Services

For specific information in regards to the services provided, please visit Residential Services.

Contact Information:

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency
580 South Jefferson Avenue
Suite B
Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 528-1127
Contact Person: Wm. Brian Swearengen


Indian Mound Residential Center
3916 Indian Mound Rd.
Sparta, TN 38583

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Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency is a Partner Agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest is a private, not-for- profit, tax exempt organization with a mission to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest works with a network of approximately 500 Partner Agencies like Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency to distribute food to those in need throughout 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. To learn more, visit

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