Our Mission

Tara Hall, which accepts neglected, troubled and abused boys, is an effective, Christ-centered, long-term residential school that develops moral, social, educational and life skills, thus building responsible contributing adults, while providing services to their families.

Tara Hall Home for Boys has always been committed to offering young men a new vision for their future. Replacing pity and pain with prowess and potential, we support each boy as he learns to be the “king” of his own life.

Our Back Story…

Tara Hall began in 1969 with one lost boy. He was living on the street when Father Owen O’Sullivan recognized a need in his Georgetown, SC community to provide a home for neglected and troubled boys. He was right. Since then, more than 600 boys from Georgetown and many surrounding communities have passed through Tara Hall’s doors.

Tara Hall began with very limited resources—surviving, and eventually growing, thanks to the determination of its founder, commitment of its volunteers and generosity of its supporters. In fact, today, Tara Hall operates under the direction of its first volunteer, Jim Dumm. Serving as the Executive Director for over 40 years, Jim has devoted himself to consistently delivering the original mission of Tara Hall. The on-campus school, a unique attribute as compared to other group homes, was added in 1973. The addition was imperative, as many boys are 1 to 3 years behind in their education upon arrival.

An Accreditation Achievement

Tara Hall Home for Boys received notification in November 2015 that they have been awarded re-accreditation from the Council on Accreditation. This is the third consecutive 4-year certification for Tara Hall. COA Accreditation is an outstanding achievement that recognizes a commitment to the highest performance standards and quality service. Nonprofits with this status are going above and beyond in serving their communities, and stakeholders can be confident in their investment and affiliation with the organization.
The Council on Accreditation is “an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization.” It was founded in 1977 in order to promote “excellence in the delivery of human services globally, resulting in the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.”
The standards set by the COA are high. This certification came through hard work, commitment to these standards and the community, and a daily effort to make an impact through performance on every level.

The Region Served

Although Tara Hall is able to serve all of SC, we typically take boys from within 150 miles of Georgetown in order to make home visits by our Family Services Coordinator and on-campus workshop attendance by families more manageable.



Tara Hall Founded.


Jim Dumm, current Ex. Director, begins his tenure.


Yawkey family gives 11 acres to Tara Hall; still the site today.


On-site accredited school added.