Category: Success Stories

This page collects success stories of the young men who have made Westview Boys’ Home their home.

Darryl Brown with Burl and Y'Vonne Butler

Old acquaintances are not forgotten

Years ago Darryl (DC) Brown was a young man at Westview Boys’ Home when Burl and Y’Vonne Butler were caregivers at Sweetwater House. The relationships they formed have changed all of their lives. Eventually, After DC left Westview, they lost track of each other and what was happening in each other’s lives.

After decades apart, God brought DC and Burl and Y’Vonne back together at the Red River Family Encampment in Red River, New Mexico. DC found the Butlers at the Westview booth, and there was a joyful reunion. They retold old stories and celebrated DC’s long career of service to the church.

Most recently, after ministering for 19 years at a congregation in Pearland, Texas, DC now preaches at the Magnolia Church of Christ in Magnolia, Texas. Since his grandchildren were with him at Red River, he was proud to introduce them to Burl and Y’Vonne. Burl and Y’Vonne were glad to meet his grandchildren and very proud to hear of  DC’s dedicated and extensive service to the church.

At Westview, we’re proud of so many of our young men and their choices to make a difference this world. Only God knows all of the good that they do on any given day at work, in ministry, and with their families. We thank God for the blessings they are in this world from day to day.

We also thank God for the special people who work to change the lives of our young men. Often it takes years for the fruit of their loving labor to become apparent. Nonetheless, God richly blesses Westview’s caregivers—special servants of God—for their care for these young men.

Graduation ceremony

Landmarks, rituals, and rites of passage

As teenagers move from their high school years into their adult lives, the school hallways they have so recently walked become landmarks in their history and well-known rituals and rites of passage serve to mark a new part of their life journeys.

Brian
Brian

Our seniors have walked down the halls into the auditorium for their last rewards assembly; there they’ve picked up their trophies and scholarships. They’ve worn their tuxes to the Senior Banquet and joined in the skits that are at the heart of the Senior Assembly. Finally, they have come to graduation itself. To no one’s surprise, “Pomp and Circumstance” is the tune of the day. One by one, red robed students line up collect their diplomas–take the diploma with the left hand and shake hands with the right–and take their first steps as independent adults in this world.

This year, two young men from Westview graduated from Hollis High School: Brian Dibrell and Kaden Richardson. Both of them had careers with the football team and the concert band. Both took classes at Southwest Technology Center: Brian in auto mechanics and Kaden in aircraft maintenance.

Kade
Kaden

This fall Brian plans to stay with us so that he can finish his studies in auto mechanics. Once he has completed that course, he plans to work for a dealership so that he can put himself through college. He plans to prepare for a career in sports journalism at Oklahoma State University.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University has accepted Kaden into their pre-pharmacy program. He will work at Westview through the summer and begin classes in Weatherford this fall.

We’re honored to have been a part of the lives of these two young men and look forward to helping them launch well into the future. We are thankful to everyone who has made these success stories possible.

A grain field

To every thing there is a season

The sage tells us: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3). Every year as the wheat starts to turn it reminds us that–not only that harvest is near–but graduation will be coming soon. This year several young men at Westview (and all of their families!) have graduations to celebrate.

Graduating from the eighth grade are Tristan, Jason, Michael, and Adrick. We are proud of each of these young men and the positive steps they are taking in their lives.

Westview has two young men graduating from high school this year: Brian and Kade. Brian plans to stay with us so that he can finish his studies in auto mechanics at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus this next year. Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, has accepted Kade as a student; he plans to study pre-pharmacy. We’re pleased that both of these young men have solid plans for their futures that fit their gifts and their passions.

We hope you’ll continue to support Westview as we continue our financial support all of these young men in their educational endeavors.

Romas Roberson

When God makes a dream come true

At the end of December, Harding University announced that their new head football coach, Paul Simmons, had selected Romas Roberson to be the assistant defensive line coach for the Bison. Westview Boys’ Home is proud that another of its alumni has reached a career dream.

Romas knows that for dreams to come true there is the work that belongs to humans and the work that belongs to God. His story is one of those stories.

Romas came to Westview when he was ten years old. When living in Hollis, Coach Milton Cooper mentored Romas as a football player and leader. Romas also credits a number of the Westview team as having had a strong influence in his life. At the end of his high school career, Romas signed a letter of intent to play football at Harding.

After redshirting his freshman year, Romas had a strong career as a Bison. He contributed to Harding’s winning seasons under coach Ronnie Huckeba. According to Scott Goode, “From 2011-14, Roberson was a defensive lineman for the Bisons. He played in 41 games with 91 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.”

After graduation, Romas went on to do graduate work at Harding. In 2015 he volunteered as a defensive line coach and served as a graduate assistant through Harding’s landmark 13-1 season in 2016.

When Romas went to Coach Simmons’s office to see how he might help with recruiting for 2017, Simmons offered the defensive line/recruiting job to Romas. Simmons praised him; “I could not be more excited with the addition of Coach Roberson to our staff. He is young, full of energy, a good teacher and a dynamic recruiter. He relates really well to our athletes.”

Romas responded, “I am humbled. I know this is from God, without a doubt. I am just grateful to everyone who has helped me get to this point, and I am excited about the future.”

Ron Bruner noted, “Not only did Romas’s dream come true, but dreams came true for all those at Westview who saw his potential and the power of God at work in his life. Our hope is that those who have given so generously to our young men will see this as a fulfillment of their dreams for their generosity as well.”

Corporal Marchman

Restoration and reconciliation

The best days at Westview are the ones when alumni come home to visit. Just days ago, Marine Corporal Kyle Marchman returned to visit his people at Westview. Because of his time with us, we are proud to call him one of our own.

When he was in his teens, Kyle needed time and space to get his life back in order. To overcome his struggles, he worked hard on his school work, enjoyed playing sports, and did exceptionally well in Westview’s livestock program. Kyle successfully made the challenging transition from being a “boy with real possibilities” to becoming a good man.

With his life in order, Kyle returned home to a mother who loved him very much and finished his high school career at home. The discipline learned at Westview has since served him well in the Corps. May God keep you safe, Kyle.

Romas Roberson

Leading the charge …

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I saw Romas Roberson, while he was in grade school, out on Westview’s ranch feeding an orphaned calf from a bottle. Now, he has grown into a godly young man who is already helping other young people. Romas is starting his last year at Harding University and will graduate in the spring of 2015. After he graduates, he plans to coach football.

For Romas, playing football has been a key part of his road to manhood. While he was at Westview, he had the benefit of great coaches at Hollis Public Schools; Westview team members also helped him use his love of football to learn valuable life lessons. These life lessons have continued for him during his collegiate sports career.

While a student at Harding, Romas has served as a volunteer at Timothy Hill’s Children’s Ranch in New York. He continues to volunteer as a “Bison Buddy” at Harding Christian Academy. There he regularly reads to young children. He is well-known and well-loved by the elementary students at the Academy. Now the able student is becoming the skilled teacher.

We’re proud of Romas Roberson and the man that he has become. Through the faithful support of many of our donors who believe education is important, we have been able to come alongside Romas and help him find his way to manhood. He has developed a strong work ethic and realizes the value of a good education in reaching his dream. Thank you for helping us help Romas.

John Moore II

Romas goes for the fumble Romas leads the charge