Back to School Time at the Ranch!

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.