At the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, we have seen a growing need for sibling groups, especially sibling groups that include younger children, who need a place to call home. We recently wrote about the youngest children we have taken to date. An under two year old, her three year old sister, and her brother, who is 10. This sibling group is just one of many reasons we decided to open a new cottage for girls at the Ranch this year. Here’s a story from KAIT Region 8 News about the new cottage and this immediate need. We have repurposed an older home … Continue reading
New Girls Cottage Opens at Ranch
Thursday April 6: Double Your Gift During Arkansas Gives!
UPDATE: 4/7/2017 MANY THANKS!!! to everyone who supported the ASYR during ArkansasGives! Thanks to your generosity, the ASYR beat our goal of $5,000 to receive a generous matching gift from the Morris Foundation. We are so thankful for everyone who donated, but we’re especially grateful for Dorothy Morris and the Morris Foundation and their continued support of the ASYR’s mission to provide safe, loving homes for Arkansas boys and girls. We had 88 supporters donate a total of $19,709 to the ASYR. That plus the bonus dollars that we will receive from the Arkansas Community Foundation will take our one-day total up to … Continue reading
Three Siblings Reunited at the Youth Ranches
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
From the Ranch to the Board Room: a story of second chances
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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