Back to School Time at the Ranch!
07/22/2019

The 2019 school year will soon begin, and we have lots of excited boys and girls to outfit before their first day back.

For some of our newer Ranchers, this will be the first time they will succeed in school, but we need your help to send them back with confidence!

Our biggest needs for the school year are:

  • Backpacks for boys and girls of all ages
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Loose leaf paper
  • 2-inch binders
  • Binder tabs

Because we have children in grades kindergarten through senior high, their supply needs vary greatly. Your cash contribution is the very best way to make sure every Rancher’s need is covered, even beyond the classroom.

Your gift of $285 can provide everything one Rancher needs for a great school year – new school clothes, a new pair of shoes that fit, a fresh haircut, school supplies, and a new backpack. You should see how their eyes light up when they get their very first brand new backpack!

Read Tim’s story below about how his time at the Ranch changed his life. He’s now working to change the lives of other children as a teacher and coach!*

Will you join us today by making a gift? Even a gift of just $30 can give two children a brand new backpack – something they may have never had before and that they can carry with pride instead of embarrassment.

Your gift today not only helps with needs like school supplies and backpacks, but it’s also an investment in the futures of Arkansas boys and girls.

Help us send our children back to school! 

•  $285 can outfit 1 child for the 2019 school year
•  $150 can buy new school clothes
•  $125 can purchase school supplies
•  $50 can pay for 5 fresh haircuts
•  $45 can buy a pair of new shoes
•  $30 can buy 2 new backpacks

You can make a difference in the life of a child this school year. Click here to become a Hope Builder by making your gift a monthly contribution to the Ranches.

 

From Rancher to Teacher

Tim remembers, it was a hot summer day when he was removed from his home by the court. He was only 12.*

Although being removed was scary, he felt it couldn’t be any worse than what he was living. Twenty-five years later Tim can still recount the trauma of being locked in the sweltering garage or the camper all alone. As one of 6 kids from multiple sets of parents, things happened to Tim that no child should have to experience.

After he was removed from his home he was able to come to the Ranch. Initially, Tim had anger issues. This made school difficult. He even had to repeat one year of school. But, because of committed house parents that helped every night with homework and refused to give up on Tim, things began to improve. For the first time Tim experienced true unconditional love.

What happened next was a game changer for Tim. Some faithful Ranch supporters learned he loved football and began picking him up from the Ranch every day to take him to football practice.

Today, thanks to support from friends like you, Tim is now a teacher and football coach! And he is working to instill many of the values and lessons he learned while at the Ranch in his students and players’ lives.

However, there are still many children like Tim across Arkansas who are abused and neglected because of their parent’s poor choices. They simply need a stable, loving home like the Ranch to be able to thrive.

Your one-time or monthly donation will help children like Tim find a place of hope and healing at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches.

*Names and details of this story have been changed to protect the privacy of our Ranchers.

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 him not to come home. Of course, he went home.

That’s when it happened. Jamey found his dad unconscious surrounded by empty pill bottles. He called 911, and the police came and took Jamey to an emergency shelter. It was clear that Jamey’s parents were not caring for him. No 12-year-old should have to mow yards to support his parents.

“I’ll never forget the day I arrived at the Ranch – September 23rd, 2007. Life at the Ranch was amazing!”

At the Ranch Jamey was able to just be a kid. He was grateful that he wouldn’t have to mow lawns to eat every day, and he was able to focus on school work for the first time. Before coming to the Ranch, Jamey hadn’t attended school regularly and was behind on his education. But Jamey had great tutors at the Ranch who helped him get caught up.

Unfortunately, Jamey’s story is all too common for children in Arkansas. More often than not, this is due to parents who become addicted to substances and neglect caring for their children. Sometimes, parents are not mentally equipped to deal with raising a child. Whatever the reason, even one child living in these kinds of conditions is one too many.

If we are not vigilant in identifying and caring for these children, this lifestyle can become a cycle that plagues a family for generations. This is the heart behind ASYR’s mission – to break this cycle of abuse and neglect one child at a time.

Because the Sheriffs of Arkansas saw these needs firsthand, they founded the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch to give children like Jamey a second chance at life. Thanks to their efforts and the compassionate support of friends like you, more than 2,100 boys and girls from every corner of the state have found hope at the Ranch. They have found safety, stability, a good education, proper health care, and a home with houseparents who love them and support them like their own child.

Jamey is now engaged to be married and is an Emergency Medical Technician and a part-time police officer. He also volunteers with his local fire department and is an award winning first responder! One year, Jamey even sent his former houseparents on vacation for their anniversary to say thank you for raising him and giving him a second chance!

Will you join us in this important mission as we work to create brighter futures for children like Jamey? Your donation today will help more children receive a second chance at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch.

It’s simple to make a one-time gift or set up an automatic monthly contribution. Click here or text the word ranch to 41444 to make a gift today!

Become a Hope Builder with a monthly gift. A contribution of as little as $10 per month can help provide for things like:

•  New shoes or coats for our boys and girls
•  Christmas and Birthday gifts for our children
•  Feed for goats, chickens or other animals on the Ranch
•  Salary for our loving houseparents
•  An allowance for a child
•  Utilities for our cottages

Click here to become a Hope Builder with your monthly gift to the Ranches.