Three Siblings Reunited at the Youth Ranches
03/27/2017

We recently took in our youngest children to date at the Youth Ranches. The brother, age 10, came to us a few months ago. When his 3-year-old sister was being moved from her third foster home, DHS asked us to take her. Fortuitous timing and a willing house mother allowed us to take in this sweet girl and reunite her with her brother. Last week, DHS came to us again and asked if we could take in the youngest sibling, a not-yet-2-year old, after her ninth foster home was closing. She has cancer and will soon receive more treatment and … Continue reading

Last Year for Arkansas Gives! April 6: Double the Impact of Your Gift
02/21/2017

On Thursday, April 6th, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches needs YOUR help! On that day between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, you can double the impact of your gift to the Ranches at ArkansasGives.org. For every dollar you donate to the Ranches through ArkansasGives, thanks to a matching gift from the Morris Foundation, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000! You can make your gift go twice as far by making a gift during ArkansasGives. Your gift will also help the Ranches earn bonus dollars from a bonus pool provided by the Arkansas Community Foundation. Last year … Continue reading

From the Ranch to the Board Room: a story of second chances
02/10/2017

This is Roger’s story Roger and his little brother came to live at the Ranch in 1976. In fact, they were our very first two Ranchers. Roger’s dad was a disabled Veteran and had been admitted to a nursing home. They had been living with their Mom. At ages 7 and 5, Roger and his little brother had very little parental supervision. They would often miss school. Roger said his mom was “not the mother she should have been.” Missing school meant missing meals, since school was where they would usually eat. Often they didn’t have anything to eat for days at a time. They were hungry and afraid. They had no … Continue reading

YOU Can Still Make a Difference in 2016!
12/29/2016

As we end our 40th year, I can’t tell you all of the heartbreaking stories that have brought each child to live at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Nor can I tell you the many stories of generosity that have made the Ranches a reality. But what I can tell you is this: •  NO child comes to the Ranches through any fault of their own. •  We cannot provide safe, healthy and loving homes for these children without YOU. As 2016 comes to a close, there’s still time to make a difference in the lives of these children. With your help, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ … Continue reading

Christmas at the Ranches
12/08/2016

YOU Can Make this Christmas Merry and Bright for our Ranchers! Christmas can be a difficult time for the boys and girls at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Some miss their families, and for others, this may be the very first time they get to experience the joy of Christmas! But we need YOU to help make it happen! The end of the year is an expensive time to raise a child, especially when you raise as many as we do at the Ranches! We ask that you consider making a special year-end gift to help meet our needs during the … Continue reading

Screening of The Santa Clause with Actor Judge Reinhold Benefits ASYR
12/02/2016

UPDATE: December 5, 2016 Thank you to Judge Reinhold for making Sunday’s screening of The Santa Clause at the Melba Theater such a special event for the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches! More than 220 attended this special screening and Q&A with Reinhold to benefit the Ranches. Reinhold talked about his experience making the film with actor Tim Allen. He answered questions spanning his acting career and also talked about what made him pursue acting as a career. Reinhold also spoke about his upbringing on a farm in Virginia. He said he feels like he has come full circle now that he lives in … Continue reading

UPDATE: Arkansas Foster Care Crisis
11/15/2016

Last year, Governor Asa Hutchinson said the Arkansas foster care system was in a state of crisis. I wish I could write today and let you know how much better the situation is. But the fact is, we are losing ground. More than 8,500 children entered the Arkansas foster care system this year. That’s up 10% since this time last year. That means 23 children were separated from their families. Every. Single. Day. Through no fault of their own, everything they’ve ever known was changed in a moment. Removed from their families with nothing but the clothes on their back and … Continue reading

Double Your Gift on #GivingTuesday, November 29
11/01/2016

After Thanksgiving, #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday, we celebrate #GivingTuesday! This year’s #GivingTuesday will be on November 29, 2016. This special day shows that holidays can be about both giving and giving back. And this year, Citizens Bank is giving back in a big way! For every dollar you donate to the Ranches, Citizens Bank will match your gift dollar for dollar up to $5,000! Only on #GivingTuesday, you can double the impact of your gift to the ASYR by making an online donation or by dropping your gift by at any Citizens Bank location. Here are four ways YOU can help the Ranches receive the entire … Continue reading

Shop Amazon Smile and Support the Ranches!
10/25/2016

There are a lot of ways you can support the Ranches by giving, but here’s a way that you can support by doing something you probably already going to do this Holiday Season: shop online! Whether it’s on #BlackFriday, #CyberMonday, or any day of the year, use Amazon.com’s Amazon Smile program, and the online retailer will donate .5% of your Amazon purchases to benefit the boys and girls at the Ranches! All you need to do is visit Amazon Smile and select the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches as the charity you would like to support, and .5% of your future purchases will benefit … Continue reading

40 Years of Hope and Homes
10/10/2016

Join us at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches’ Batesville campus on Saturday, October 22nd at 5:00 to celebrate 40 years of providing Hope and Homes for some of Arkansas’s most deserving boys and girls! The Ranches will be grilling burgers using ASYR’s own grass-fed beef and blowing out candles on its 40th birthday cake! The community is invited to come out for a birthday party to celebrate the Ranches’ 40th anniversary. Join current and former Ranchers, Ranch board members, sheriffs, and supporters from across the state. Please RSVP by emailing matt@youthranches.com or call or text 501-940-3440. If you cannot attend, consider making … Continue reading