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About Rawhide

About Rawhide

Located in the heart of Wisconsin along the scenic Wolf River, Rawhide is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) recognized charity offering programs for at risk youth in Wisconsin. We offer residential care and outpatient mental health services dedicated to helping at-risk youth and their families lead healthy, responsible lives. Rawhide has redirected the lives of thousands of youth that have either lived on our residential campus or received services through our numerous outpatient counseling clinics.

Rawhide offers a full continuum of programs and services that provide prevention-based programs for youth and families, and includes more intensive residential services for at-risk young men. Rawhide staff is caring, professional people who are committed to achieving positive outcomes for every youth or adult we serve.

Mission Statement

Being dependent on God, we inspire and equip at-risk youth and families to lead healthy and responsible lives through family-centered care, treatment, and education.

Vision Statement

Rawhide will inspire and equip at-risk youth and families, throughout the nation, to be profoundly changed, restored, and responsible.


Rawhide was founded in 1965 by John and Jan Gillespie with the help of NFL Hall of Fame Legend Bart Starr and his wife Cherry. We have a unique, rich story that will inspire you. Read on to learn more about our history.


We are led by a voluntary board of directors who are responsible for governing the objectives of Rawhide. The board is comprised of professionals, business leaders, educational staff, and counseling professionals who help effectively lead Rawhide.

Our executive team is made up of professional staff that lead distinct objectives at Rawhide surrounding youth services, education, work experience, administration and fund development. Most of these staff have been serving Rawhide for over 10 years.


If you are interested in a rewarding position where you can help contribute to Rawhide’s future and impact the lives of at-risk youth and their families, please review our current job openings.

Community Volunteer Groups: Friends of Rawhide

Friends of Rawhide are community volunteer groups whose purpose is to promote Rawhide and expand our relationships at a grass-roots level. There are several chapters located throughout Wisconsin. To find out more, please visit our Friends of Rawhide page for more information.


Want to know more about Rawhide? Each issue of our newsletter shares stories and information about our events, new projects, and testimonials about how your support is changing lives.

Press Releases

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