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  • From Rancher to Award-Winning First Responder

    07/08/2019

    Jamey was quite the character when he lived with us at the Ranch, but his life wasn’t always so carefree. Jamey’s mom was disabled, and when Jamey was 10 his dad lost his job. After that, his parents began to fight and there was a lot of family drama. All the fighting was difficult for a young boy. Over the next couple of years, things went from bad to worse. Jamey began mowing yards so his family would have enough money to buy bread and lunch meat. One day his dad dropped him off at a friend’s house and told … Continue reading

  • Congrats to our 2019 Graduates!

    05/20/2019

    Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates! We were filled with pride to watch these two young men walk across the stage last Friday evening to accept their high school diploma. The odds may have been stacked against them, but through a combination of their resilience and determination along with the love and opportunities they’ve received from their houseparents and staff at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, they have reached this important milestone in their lives. We are incredibly grateful to every Ranch supporter who has provided for these young men over the years. Because of your support, they have been Ranch Raised! … Continue reading

  • A second chance: Roger’s Story

    05/07/2019

    This is Roger’s story Roger and his little brother came to live at the Ranch in 1977. 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

  • Public Notice

    04/02/2019

    Public Notice Public notice is hereby given this 2nd day of April, 2019 that the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Inc. of 100 Saint Vincent Place, Batesville, AR 72501 has made application for funds through Section 49 U.S.C. Section 5310 for the purchase of the following type of passenger transportation vehicle: Ramp Van, 6/0 or 2/1 WC-17′ PT 17-01. This vehicle will be used primarily for the following purposes: transportation of child residents of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Inc. Purchase of the above vehicle is considered essential to the efficient operation of this organization in provision of public transportation services … Continue reading

  • You can still make a difference in 2018!

    12/27/2018

      As we wrap up 2018 at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, we reflect on how far our Ranchers have come and the blessings of another year. This year:  Three Ranch Seniors graduated from high school. Many of our cottages got new roofs and updates to make them an even better place to call home. Ranchers helped pull off a record breaking Pumpkin Patch, with over 3,600 visitors! We celebrated many birthdays and Christmas with lots of presents for our Ranchers. Ranchers continue to help on the farm with new animals and a growing herd. We re-opened our renovated event center and … Continue reading

  • ASYR has been home to more than 2,050 children since 1976.
  • Up to eight children live in each cottage cared for by a professional house parent.
  • 75% of children at ASYR are here with at least one sibling.
  • More than 8,500 children entered the Arkansas foster care system in 2016.
  • 50% of children enter Arkansas foster care because of drugs.
  • ASYR is more than 90% funded through charitable giving.