Help children at the Ranch celebrate Easter

Spiritual growth for Ranchers

Arkansas church

Did you know that children who call the Ranch home attend church every Sunday? It’s one of the basic requirements for admission at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Each child age 6-17 at the Ranch agrees to attend church weekly with their houseparents. If a child already prefers a particular denomination, the Ranch staff do their best to help the child attend respective services. Many Ranchers cite regular church attendance and spiritual growth as one of their favorite aspects of Ranch life. Not only do they learn about spiritual matters and gain insight into the meaning of life, but they also have opportunities for service and community fellowship. The Ranchers love Sunday School and youth group activities, building great friendships with their church friends.

When the sheriffs of Arkansas founded the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches in 1976, they dreamed that children in need would be able to have a place to call home. But more than just a place to lay their head at night and three meals a day, they dreamed that children would find stability, love, and purpose. And that’s exactly what Ranchers find at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Attending church is just one way Ranch staff ensure that children at the Ranch find joy and meaning.

Easter at the Ranch

Because Ranchers participate in church services regularly, they understand the true meaning of the Easter holiday. They certainly enjoy Easter eggs, bunnies, baby chickens, and candy. But they also appreciate the spiritual truths behind the commercial hubbub. Easter is a season of rebirth and renewal; a time when seeds planted in the earth die and sprout anew. It’s a time of new life. This is exactly what children who call the Ranch home experience, so Easter is a big deal around here.

Each year, our houseparents have traditionally crunched numbers to find a way to provide Easter baskets for Ranchers. With tight budgets, this is no easy task. The cost of providing Easter baskets for eight children (the maximum number of children in one family-style cottage at the Ranch) is $200. Yet houseparents always go out of their way to ensure that holidays do not pass by unacknowledged at the Ranch. For children who come from unstable, traumatic backgrounds, it’s pertinent that they experience life in a new way. It is important that they have “firsts” full of wonder and excitement rather than dread and pain.

Help Ranchers celebrate Easter

This year, we’re trying to help houseparents build happy memories on Easter Sunday. We’re asking kind-hearted community members to donate an Easter basket full of goodies. Or, if you would rather donate cash and allow us to build a basket for you, you can donate $25 per basket.Easter basket

We need 26 baskets (or $650) to provide current Ranchers with special Easter baskets. Baskets should be for boys and girls ages 6 to 17. Below is a breakdown of needs per gender and age group:

Female baskets: 1 ages 5-9, 3 ages 10-13, and 7 ages 13+.

Male baskets: 2 ages 5-9, 7 ages 10-13, and 6 ages 13+.

Would you like to make Easter special for one of our Ranchers?

Drop off your $25 donation or a furnished Easter basket at any Citizens Bank location in Batesville or Southside from now through April 6. Bank employees will be ready to accept your donations. Thank you, Citizens Bank, for your help in this effort!

Click here to make a one-time or monthly contribution or find out how to volunteer at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch.

Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches nominated for 32nd Annual Arkansas Business Nonprofit Organization of the Year award

Nancy Fulton, CEO of Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth RanchesArkansas Business recently announced nominations for the 32nd Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Award. Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches made the cut! ASYR earned nomination for the Nonprofit Organization of the Year award.

About Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches

Nancy Fulton, CEO of ASYR, expressed her excitement when she learned of the nomination.

“The Board of Trustees, staff, and I feel humbled to be nominated for Arkansas Business’ Nonprofit Organization of the Year. The other nominees represent phenomenal organizations. Being included with the other nominees brings us such a feeling of honor and pride.  At ASYR, we commit fully to the well-being of Arkansas children and appreciate being recognized for our work,” Fulton stated.

In order to be considered for nomination, organizations must cite examples of significant impact. Nominees embrace and exemplify growth. The nominees regularly collaborate with partners, including other nonprofit organizations, agencies, and community members. And finally, nominees serve as leaders in their respective fields or industries.

girl barn farm Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth RanchesThe Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches also recently celebrated nomination for the Batesville Chamber of Commerce’s Community Collaboration Award.

The Ranch has served as an integral part of Independence County since 1976. ASYR continually builds partnerships with organizations, agencies, corporations, and individuals. These partnerships help ASYR fulfill its mission. ASYR provides a place to call home for Arkansas children who have been abandoned, abused, and/or neglected. The ASYR provides a loving, safe, and healthy place to call home. But it doesn’t stop there. The ASYR also provides therapeutic services, educational programs, and fresh air and fun on its nearly 600-acre campus.

The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches relies on private funding. The ASYR retains strong community support in its local community and beyond.

Nominees for the Arkansas Business Nonprofit Organization of the Year award

Five organizations earned nomination for the 2020 Nonprofit Organization of the Year award. Other nominees include: Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals (CARE), Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas, Thea Foundation, and Women and Children First. In 2019, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance won the Nonprofit of the Year Award.

The Arkansas Business Awards dinner will be held on March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Ballroom in Little Rock. We look forward to celebrating with other nominees.


Want to help the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches provide a loving, safe place to call home for Arkansas children in need? Join our group of committed supporters as a Hope Builder.

You can still make a difference in 2019

As the year comes to the end, we reflect on some big wins for the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches in 2019! 

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    Nearly 60 children found a home and hope for a brighter future at the Ranch.

  • Two Ranch Seniors graduated from high school.
  • We had over 3,000 visitors to the Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch.
  • Ranchers continue to help on the farm with new animals and a growing herd.
  • Many people celebrated weddings and special events at the Ranch’s events center and chapel.
  • We celebrated lots of birthdays, and our Ranchers had a wonderful Christmas!

But none of this would have been possible without friends like you investing in our mission!

Your year-end gift will help the Ranch finish 2019 strong and put us on a firm footing going into the New Year. Click here to make a year-end contribution.

Because the ASYR is almost entirely privately funded, we rely on support from friends like you to provide homes for children each year.


•  Click here to make a year-end gift or set up a monthly Hope Builder contribution. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, all gifts made to the Ranches are tax deductible within the extent of the law.

•  Give by check. By far, the majority of the gifts received by the Ranches are by check. Checks made payable to ASYR may be mailed to PO Box 3964, Batesville, AR 72503. Postmark by December 31st for 2019 tax credit.

•  Give by phone. You can make a one-time gift or set up a monthly Hope Builder gift over the phone by calling 870-793-6841, ext. 300.

•  Spread the word. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share the ASYR with your friends.

•  Donate gifts of stock or property. The Ranches can accept a variety of noncash gifts including appreciated stock or property. Contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or to learn more.

•  Make a special tax free gift via IRA. For those aged 70½ or older, you can make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. Click here, or contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or to learn more.

•  Set up a personal visit. If you have other ideas for a special gift to benefit the Ranches, let us know. Contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or email to set up a visit today!

Your year-end gift to the Ranches is an investment in Arkansas’s future. Every gift, no matter how large or small, is truly appreciated and is used to provide for all costs associated with raising a child. Together we can make a difference in the lives of even more children in 2020!

Wishing you and yours a New Year filled with love and kindness, from all of us at the Ranches!

#GivingTuesday 2019


MANY THANKS! to everyone who made a gift to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches on #GivingTuesday.

With your help, along with our partners at Citizens Bank and White River Now matching and encouraging contributions, the Ranch had a record-breaking day of giving, raising almost $49,288 to support our mission!

As an organization that is more than 90% privately funded, this is a HUGE blessing, and we are truly grateful for your help providing homes for some of Arkansas’s most at-risk boys and girls.

If you missed Giving Tuesday, there is still time to make a difference with a gift before the year ends!

In 2019, the Ranch has been home to nearly 60 children. Some have been abused and neglected. Others have come from families in crisis. All of them simply needed a safe, loving home and have found that here at the Ranch.

Your gift on Giving Tuesday and every day truly makes a difference. You, our compassionate friends, are changing the trajectory of these young lives, many who come from situations that seemed hopeless. At the Ranch, they have found hope and healing.

Your year-end contribution will help us continue this important work.  Click here to make a life-changing gift today!

If you have questions about the Ranch’s greatest needs or would like assistance with your gift, contact Matthew Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or

After Thanksgiving, #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday, we celebrate #GivingTuesday! 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 ASYR during #GivingTuesday, December 3rd, Citizens Bank will match your gift dollar for dollar up to $5,000!

TODAY ONLY! This #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 on Tuesday, December 3rd.

Here are some ways YOU can help the ASYR receive the entire $5,000 matching gift from Citizens Bank on #GivingTuesday: 

  1. Make an online donation by clicking here
  2. Text the word ranch to 41444 or call 501-940-3440 to make a gift of any amount with a credit or debit card.
  3. Drop your donation by any Citizens Bank location. We will be having a community cookout at Citizens Bank’s headquarters located at 655 South Saint Louis Street in Batesville on #GivingTuesday, so stop by and have some lunch with us! Your donation for lunch will also be doubled!
  4. Help us get the word out about Citizens Bank’s $5,000 matching gift! Share this page with a friend via email, text, or social media, and ask them to join you in making a gift.
  5. Follow @YouthRanches for social media updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share posts with your friends.
  6. Stop by The Pinto for lunch in downtown Batesville for lunch, and $1 of every lunch special will be donated back to the Ranch!

Give a Child the Gift of Hope

Since 1976, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches have provided hope and healing for children who, through no fault of their own, need a place to call home. Your gift to the ASYR on #GivingTuesday supports our mission of providing homes for some of Arkansas’s most deserving children. To learn more about how you can support the ASYR, contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or email


Become a Hope Builder with a monthly contribution. 

For the cost of a fast food meal, you can help change a child’s life. If everyone who reads this would give just $10, we will exceed our #GivingTuesday goal!

A contribution for as little as $10 per month can help provide for things like:
•  New shoes for our boys and girls
•  An allowance for a child
•  Caps and gowns for our graduates
•  Birthday gifts for our children
•  Feed for goats, chickens or other animals on the Ranch
•  Salary for our loving houseparents
•  Groceries for our cottages

Become a Hope Builder by committing to a monthly contribution. It’s a simple, secure way to provide consistent support to the ASYR all year long. Click here to support today!



Many thanks to Citizens Bank for providing the matching gift to encourage giving on #GivingTuesday!

Thank you to White River Now for being our media partner for #GivingTuesday. Tune in on December 3rd for live broadcasts throughout the day!

High Profile: Nancy Fulton brings empathy, practicality as leader of Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches

Fulton’s job involves being an advocate for the 32 children who live at the ranches

Originally published in the September 22 edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette High Profile section by Debra Hale-Shelton and photos by John Sykes, Jr.

BATESVILLE— Nancy Fulton’s life is full of work, hobbies and family, from her husband and children to the dozens of young people who live on a rural Arkansas ranch.

As executive director of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches since October 2013, Fulton oversees the 600-acre working ranches that currently are home to 32 boys and girls, ages 5 to 20. Many of the children there have been abused or neglected and might otherwise be in state foster care.

In six years, she has guided the nonprofit, mostly a privately funded operation, from one with financial struggles to one with a savings for the first time in its 43-year history.

“Nancy is a great administrator and leader with a big heart,” says former Gov. Mike Beebe, who will emcee the ranches’ annual fundraiser, this year set for Oct. 16 at the Little Rock Marriott.

At 61, Fulton has brought practicality but also empathy and compassion to the position, which she first declined but changed her mind after visiting the site near the community of Bethesda, just west of Batesville in Independence County and on the banks of the White River.

“I thought about it a long time, and I said, ‘OK. This is my chance to go and help these hearts and souls and minds that have been through terrible trauma,’” she recalls in her ranch office overlooking green fields and large, aging trees.

“We get them [the children] treatment, but we also surround them with predictability and love and the opportunity to be a child again,” Fulton says.

The ranches usually take in children ages 6 to 17 but often accept siblings, resulting in some children as young as 2. They can stay at the ranch up to age 21.

Some children come from parents who are “in crisis … and need a safe place for their child to live.” Others come from grandparents who are no longer physically able or don’t have enough money to care for them. Always, the children go to the ranches at no charge to their families.

Fulton recalled her previous work with families in which some foster parents “didn’t really have a true understanding of what was going on with the children or how to help them.” But education and personal experience have helped her understand the struggles the children face.


Born in Louisiana, she moved with her family to Clarendon in Monroe County, part of Arkansas’ Mississippi Delta, between the eighth and ninth grade for her stepfather’s job.

Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches CEO Nancy Bradley Fulton – Photo by John Sykes Jr.

“And so I became an Arkansan and have been one ever since,” says Fulton, who lives in Hot Springs with her husband of two years, Greg Fulton, a retired mathematics teacher who taught high school and Henderson State University courses. Greg is now an adjunct teacher at Henderson. The couple connected online, though she already knew who he was because he had been her daughter’s algebra teacher years earlier.

Nancy Fulton was talking about her youth when, abruptly but with a slightly nervous voice, she says, “OK, well, I’m going to go back and say, I was sexually abused as a child.”

The abuse began when she was 7 and ended at 12.

“The perpetrator quit, but I didn’t tell my family so I carried that secret and that burden” and felt “a great deal of fear and sadness until that person died,” she says.

Though she had “difficulty connecting with people emotionally,” she excelled academically despite feeling ashamed and broken. She began noticing that others who had been traumatized sometimes developed addictions or other problems.

That observation ignited a curiosity that led her to major in biology in undergraduate school at Arkansas State University and prompted her to get her master’s degree in social work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She started graduate school after her two children started preschool and wanted to return to work outside the home. She also wanted to understand why some people survive emotional trauma and others do not.

Fulton says she first sought treatment for her own trauma when she was pregnant with her now 33-year-old daughter. Later, when Fulton was in her 30s, she “decided that I wasn’t going to keep this secret necessarily anymore” and started sharing it with others: “I remember the first time I looked at somebody and said, … ‘I’ve been sexually abused,’ and they were so shocked.”

“We really have great kids that have had trouble to be sure. I would say that at any given time almost all of the children were here because their parents had substance-abuse issues.You know that cuts through all socio-economic weight. … We have had children from all walks of life.”

Sharing her own experience has helped some children open up when talking with her.

They “don’t have to worry” that she will judge them, she says. She’s able to tell them: “You did not do this. This was not your fault.”

“A lot of these children think they are irretrievably broken. I will say to them, ‘If I can make it, you can make it. … Don’t let that person who stole something from you win.’”

Many abused children “haven’t given themselves permission to be angry about” their situation. “So, I’m angry for them. … The message from me to them is, ‘you were powerless then, but you are safe now.’”

The abuse “was someone else’s choice,” Fulton tells the children. “You deserve that adult to treat you with kindness and appropriate boundaries.”

People too often wrongly think that the children they know are not abused. But statistics show otherwise, Fulton says. “There’s just so many things that we just don’t look at as red flags because we just innocently think no one is targeting [our] children.”

Be observant and ask questions, Fulton advises. Abuse “is happening in your neighborhood. It is happening in your community. And it’s wrong to turn a blind eye to it because it’s uncomfortable.”

Fulton says most of her job involves being an “advocate for the children.”



Erin Cook, now 23 and living in West Plains, Mo., moved to the ranch a week before her 17th birthday after making “some repetitive bad decisions.”

“She cared about [our] well-being and us feeling at home,” Cook says of Fulton. “You always had her in your corner, and I know that to this day I still do. I love her like family. That’s how the ranch made me feel — like I was a part of one big blended happy family.”

When Cook’s senior prom week approached, “Mrs. Nancy” was there for her and another young woman. First, Fulton took them to get their hair styled at a salon, where they talked about “my future and boys,” Cook recalled. Come prom night, Fulton went to the girls’ ranch house “and got us ready just like a mother would do,” Cook says.

“That’s the thing about her. She has a huge heart and just wanted to show us love in any way she could,” Cook says. “They got me back on track and got me the help I needed in a loving and caring environment.”

Cook stayed at the ranch almost two years until she finished her senior year. “Not sure where I’d be if it weren’t for” the ranch and Fulton, she says.

Private donations account for 90% to 95% of the ranches’ funding, says Matthew Cleveland, chief development officer at the ranches.

This year, the fundraiser’s 24th Annual Arkansas Children’s Award will be presented to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who has worked to improve the state’s foster-care system and who signed a bill this year to reform Arkansas’ juvenile justice system. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. A dinner and program follow at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $200 per person. Other donation opportunities also are available at

“Our goal is to raise about 10% of our annual budget” at the dinner, Cleveland says. That annual budget is about $2 million.

Beebe, a Democrat and the organization’s first honoree, says he suggested honoring Hutchinson, a Republican, “because he’s done a lot for kids.”


The ranches, which employ about 25 people, evolved from a mobile home on several acres. There, two brothers, ages 7 and 5, found a safe space. Since then, the ranches have housed more than 2,100 young people, and one of those brothers has joined the ranches’ board of trustees.

When Fulton became executive director, the ranches were coming back from the nationwide recession but still faced obstacles. It became her job to make recommendations to the board on how to move forward within budget.

“We determined over time … that we really needed to just pull back into one campus,” she says.

“We’ve been able to stabilize financially and actually have gotten reserves in the bank, which we’ve never had before,” Fulton says. “We’ve started an endowment that will continue in perpetuity for the benefit of the ranch. And then we’ve been able to refurbish the campus this year. So, we’re really pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish in six years.”

Five of the ranches’ houses are now open. Each is home to up to eight children and their house parents. Outdoors, the children can play and help with the ranch’s cows, pigs, goats, chickens, mini-horses, llamas and rabbits.

Because sheriffs started the ranch in 1976, Fulton says many people wrongly “think that it’s like a prison farm or for juvenile delinquents.” But in reality, she says, the sheriffs started it because they kept seeing children who had been abandoned or neglected. “And they wanted to help.”

“We really have great kids that have had trouble to be sure,” Fulton says. “I would say that at any given time almost all of the children were here because their parents had substance-abuse issues. You know that cuts through all socio-economic weight. … We have had children from all walks of life.”

Fulton, who remarried in 2017, enjoys bringing the couple’s two dogs, Panda and Beaux, to her ranch office. She keeps a crate there for when they do accompany her. By the time she married Greg, she had two adult children by her first marriage: Sara Bailey, 33, of Hot Springs, a student who works in retail sales; and her son, Wade Bailey, 32, an electrical engineer living in Peachtree City outside Atlanta. She also has two grandchildren.

At the farm, the younger ranchers regularly gather in each home for “family” meals. Many youngsters come to the ranch with hunger issues and tend to hoard food because they sometimes had to struggle to find food for themselves, especially if their parents were high, spent all their money on drugs and saw their electricity or water cut off. So, ranch employees keep a basket of healthy snacks readily available in each house, Fulton said.

“We have a lot of children who … [previously] existed on microwave macaroni and cheese, chicken ramen noodles and hot dogs … something that was relatively inexpensive that children could make themselves,” she said.

The youngsters attend school in Batesville, can join sports teams, and go to church on Sundays. They can stay while working or going to college even after high school for a time.

“We are passionate about doing the right thing for children,” Fulton said.

As for goals she still hopes to achieve at the ranch, Fulton said she would like to see the reserve fund grow from its current total of about $5 million to $20 million.

That, she said, “would really ensure the success of the [ranches] financially.”

Governor Asa Hutchinson to Receive 2019 Arkansas Children’s Award

For 24 years, the Arkansas Children’s Award has been presented to outstanding Arkansans who have made a significant difference in the lives of our state’s children. This year, we are honored to present the 24th Annual Arkansas Children’s Award to Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Governor Hutchinson has led the way to better serve children who find themselves separated from their families. When he took office in 2015, one of Governor Hutchinson’s first priorities was to shine a light on the crisis facing our state’s foster care system. There were many more children needing foster care services than there were families and resources to meet the demand. Governor Hutchinson convened a summit to encourage communities of faith to work with childcare advocates to meet those needs, and he allocated more state funds to better serve foster children. Also, Governor Hutchinson made computer science and coding available in every high school in Arkansas, creating a generation of tech-savvy students and giving Arkansas children the opportunity to access the jobs of the future. And just this year, Governor Hutchinson signed a bill to reform our state’s juvenile justice system, which will help provide a brighter future for some of Arkansas’s most at-risk youth. These are just a few reasons why we are honored that Governor Hutchinson will receive this year’s Arkansas Children’s Award, and we hope you will join us at this year’s dinner!

24th Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner
Little Rock Marriott Hotel
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Reception and Silent Auction at 6:00 pm
Dinner and Program at 7:00 pm
Business Attire

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will continue the tradition of serving as Master of Ceremonies for the dinner, which he has done since our very first year.

Tickets are $200 per person, or you can sponsor a table of 10 for $2,000. Additional sponsor opportunities with special recognition are also available. Tickets are now available, and additional sponsor opportunities with special recognition are also available. Click here to purchase your tickets, become a sponsor or make a donation to the Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner. All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. For more information about supporting the dinner or ASYR programs, contact Matt Cleveland at or (501) 940-3440.

Ways to Support

Since the Sheriffs of Arkansas founded the Ranch in 1976, ASYR has been a place to call home for more than 2,100 boys and girls. The Ranch serves some of Arkansas’s most at-risk children, and as a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it is more than 90 percent privately funded. The Ranch provides all necessities associated with raising a child including housing, food, clothing, proper medical care and educational expenses. But more importantly, ASYR houseparents raise boys and girls in a loving home as if they were their own children. The funds raised by this dinner ensures the ASYR can continue this important mission.


The Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner is an annual event benefiting the programs at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. This special award recognizes an individual or organization who personifies in word and deed the ideals of the Ranch and has made outstanding contributions to create better opportunities for Arkansas youth.

Previous Recipients

2018 Dorothy Morris

Dorothy Morris has devoted her life to supporting the work of nonprofits serving children and has encourage millions in matching gifts. She believes in a holistic approach to philanthropy and focuses on children and families, investing in every aspect of a child’s life. Whether it’s inspiring a child through the arts, supporting their education or health care, or providing a home at the Ranch, we recognize her life’s work on behalf of Arkansas children.


2017 Greg Hatcher

For Greg Hatcher, outrageous service doesn’t end with his business at The Hatcher Agency. Greg is constantly giving back to the community through his service to and support of nonprofit organizations. Whether it’s developing new wrestling programs for high schools and colleges or contributing to organizations that serve children, Greg has always been willing to step up in support of strengthening Arkansas families.


2016 Deltic Timber & Ray Dillon

Ray Dillon served as President & CEO of Deltic Timber from 2003 to 2016. A vision of helping Arkansas grow and create stronger communities for our children and grandchildren were always at the forefront of Ray’s work with Deltic. They generously invested in organizations serving children, and Ray has also given his time and resources to make a difference in the lives of many Arkansas families.


2015 Larry Stone

Since Founding Stone Ward in 1984, Larry Stone has dedicated much of the company’s pro bono services to helping children. Larry has served on the ASYR Board of Trustees for 20 years, 10 of which he served as Board President. He has been a steady and consistent thought leader, donor and volunteer for the ASYR and played a major role in developing Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner.


2014 Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe has dedicated his life in public service to the citizens of Arkansas for more than 32 years. He is also long-time supporter of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Governor Beebe has served as Master of Ceremonies for the Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner for 18 years and has been instrumental in its success each year since its inception.


2013 Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association

Arkansas’s county sheriffs have played an important role throughout the Ranch’s history and continue that support today.  The idea to begin the Ranch started with a couple of concerned and disappointed sheriffs who had helped place boys in residential hoes that weren’t providing satisfactory care.  Their idea grew and now the children of Arkansas have the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches.


2012 Gus Malzahn

Gus Malzahn, former head football coach of Arkansas State University, is a great leader of young people. He has dedicated his career to mentoring young men and spends his time helping them reach their full potential. Malzahn’s dedication to youth is evident through his service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and his everyday interactions with they young men on his teams.


2011 Steve Landers

Steve Landers, who built Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep into the highest selling Chrysler dealership nationwide, is the president of RLJ-McLary-Landers Automotive and an investor in operations in Brazil and China. Steve has supported the American Cancer Society, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Arkansas Education Association and numerous other organizations.


2010 Charles Nabholz

Charles F. Nabholz founded Con-Ark Builders, a merit shop, general contracting firm. After a move to California to pursue real estate Charles returned to Conway and founded Nabholz Properties, a commercial real estate development company, in partnership with his brothers. Nabholz currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Nabholz Construction Services and president of Nabholz Properties.


2009 Wallace Fowler

Wallace Fowler developed Fowler Foods, Inc. and Liberty Bank of Arkansas into two of the state’s most successful enterprises. Fowler – banker, entrepreneur, philanthropist and civic leader – has devoted his life to making Arkansas a better place to call home. Because of his generosity and dedication, our communities, education system, even the roads on which we travel, are better today because of Fowler’s efforts.


2008 Stanley Reed

Stanley Reed is a third-generation cotton farmer from Marianna, Arkansas, whose belief in family values, faith and a proper education personify the standards on which the Ranch was founded. Reed served several terms as president of Arkansas Farm Bureau and is a founding member of the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, an organization that develops and implements programs for needy and underprivileged children.


2007 Tommy May

Tommy May was recognized for his extensive civic and community involvement that stretches across years of service.  Through his work with organizations such as United Way of Southeast Arkansas, Habitat for Humanity, and Fifty for the Future, he has touched the lives of many. May epitomizes the standards for which the Ranch is known, including family togetherness and unconditional love.


2006 John White

A native Arkansan, Dr. John A. White served as Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for eleven years. White was honored for his commitment to advancing educational opportunities, providing positive youth development and instilling the values of character, honesty, humility and responsibility, helping the young men and women of Arkansas become the successful leaders of tomorrow.


2005 Pat Walker

Pat Walker celebrates life and the joy that being with family and friends brings each day. She was married to Willard Walker for 61 years. In 1986 Pat and Willard created the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation touching the lives of thousands of Arkansas children. Walker has received numerous awards recognizing her philanthropy and has also been named one of the Most Distinguished Women in Arkansas.


2004 Jerry Davis

Under the leadership of Jerry Davis, Affiliated Foods Southwest became one of Arkansas’ largest privately owned companies. Over the years he donated millions of dollars, as well as countless hours of service, to a number of Arkansas charities. His generous philanthropic endeavors have supported people of all ages throughout Little Rock and Arkansas.


2003 Blanche Lincoln

As a former U.S. Senator, Blanche Lincoln has demonstrated a heart for children, which has led her to make the well being of children and families a top prioritiy- aware of the growing need for quality childcare and assistance working families need to work and help their children thrive. Lincoln has worked to raise awareness for missing and exploited children and the pursuit of truth in child abuse investigations.


2002 Doyle Rogers

Doyle Rogers- chairman and president of the commercial real estate firm, the Doyle Rogers Company. In 1982, he developed what is now the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. By1985 he built the 25-story Rogers Building, now the Stephens Building. Rogers is extensively involved with financial and investment decisions for major projects of the firm and its various partnerships as well as provides strategic direction.


2001 Tyson Family

In recent years, Tyson Foods has grown into the largest poultry, beef and pork processing company in the world with sales of over $25 billion dollars annually. The Tyson Foundation contributes thousands of dollars annually to colleges, universities and several charitable organizations throughout the state dedicated to at-risk children.


2000 Bill Clark

William E. (Bill) Clark was respected and beloved by his family, friends, peers, the business community and the people of Arkansas. The Clark and Dillard families created one of the South’s largest construction firms, CDI, of which Bill served as Chairman and CEO. Clark was well-known for his generosity and leaves a legacy of leadership, vision, integrity, candor and the ability to make things happen.


1999 Buddy Sutton

A life-long Arkansan, Buddy Sutton served as counsel for the prestigious law ­­firm Friday, Eldredge, and Clark for 46 years until retiring as managing partner in July 2005.  In 1990, the Arkansas Bar Association named him Lawyer of the Year, and he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his business and personal injury litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Sutton proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.


1998 Jerry Maulden

Jerry L. Maulden was hired by Arkansas Power and Light Co. in 1965. He quickly rose through the ranks, serving as vice president, chief financial officer, and then treasurer. In 1979, he was named president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Power & Light, which was having severe financial problems at the time. Within five years, Arkansas Power & Light was headed in the right direction. Since then, it has been recognized as one of the best-managed electric utilities in the nation.


1997 Red Hudson

James T. ‘Red’ Hudson is the Founder of Hudson Foods, Inc.  He was born in Arkansas but was raised in Tennessee. He served more than three years in the United States Navy before beginning his career as a feed clerk in a feed store for Ralston Purina Co. in January 1946, immediately after his discharge from the Navy.  After working his way up to Regional Director of Operations, he began Hudson Foods in 1972.


1996 Mike Beebe

Mike Beebe recognized for his commitment to public service has been an Arkansas elected official since 1982 when he was elected to the Arkansas State Senate. In 2002, he was elected Arkansas Attorney General, the position he held up until he was elected Governor of Arkansas in 2007. Beebe is a Democrat who while in office has mainly focused on public education reform, healthcare, the state economy, and the environment.

2019 Youth Ranches Pumpkin Patch

Join the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches for the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch Presented by First Community Bank!

The staff and children at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches have been hard at work to transform the Ranch into a Pumpkin Patch for the second year!

Admission is only $10 and includes one pumpkin per visitor and free access to these fun activities: 

  • Barrel Train Ride
  • Hay Ride
  • Bouncy Houses
  • Petting Zoo
  • Corn Pit
  • Maze

We will also have face painting, cookie decorating, carnival games and more!

Our beautiful 600 acre campus offers many opportunities for beautiful fall photos with the whole family, and we’ll also have some fun photo spots set up for the kids!

Hours of Operation

October 1-30
Monday-Friday: by Group Reservation Only
Saturday: 10am – 6pm and Sunday: 1pm – 6pm
For weekday reservations, call 870-793-6841, ext 300 or email


Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch
100 Saint Vincent Place, Batesville
The Ranch is located just west of Batesville, near the community of Bethesda out Highway 106. Follow highway signs to Arkansas Sheriffs Ranch down Earnheart Road and turn right onto Saint Vincent Place for parking.


  • $10 Admission per visitor available at the gate, includes 1 pumpkin and access to all activities.
  • Children 2 years of age and younger are FREE.
  • For weekday groups and groups of 20 or more, please make a reservation by calling 870-793-6841, ext 300 or email
  • Credit and debit cards are accepted.
  • Concessions are also available for an additional charge.

And the best part? 

All net proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch benefit the mission of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, which provides safe, healthy, and loving homes for Arkansas children.  You can also support the ASYR by making a one-time gift or set up a monthly contribution by clicking here.



Presenting Sponsor

Activity Sponsor

  • FutureFuel
  • Littlefield Oil Company
  • Precise Heating & Air
  • Southern Bank

Patch Supporters

  • Bank of Cave City
  • Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greenway Equipment
  • White River Now
If you would like to support this event by becoming a sponsor, please contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or

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.

Public Notice

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 to seniors and individuals with disabilities. There is no intent to infringe upon, or compete with, existing public or private transit operators, including Section 5307, urban public transit operators and Section 5311, rural public transit operators.

Any objection should be submitted in writing only to persons listed below. All comments will become a part of this organization’s application and will be a matter of public record. All written comments must be submitted within 30 days of the date of this notice. Any person wishing to request a public hearing on the proposed project must submit a request in writing within 10 days of the date of this notice to the persons listed below:

Ms. Nancy Fulton
Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Inc.
PO Box 3964
Batesville, AR 72503

                                   and to:

Greg Nation, Administrator
Public Transportation Programs Office
Arkansas Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 2261
Little Rock, AR 72203-2261


You can still make a difference in 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 have helped a lot of folks celebrate special events.
  • More than 60 children found a home and hope for a brighter future at the Ranch.

None of this would have been possible without generous support from friends like you!

An end of the year gift will help the Ranch finish 2018 strong and put us on a firm footing going into the new year. Click here to make your year-end contribution.

Because the ASYR is funded almost entirely through charitable contributions, we need support from friends like you to provide homes for children in 2019.

Here are some ways to support the Ranches at year end:

•  Make a year-end gift or set up a monthly Hope Builder contribution. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, all gifts made to the Ranches are tax deductible within the extent of the law. Click here to give online today.

•  Give by check. By far, the majority of the gifts received by the Ranches are by check. Checks made payable to ASYR may be mailed to PO Box 3964, Batesville, AR 72503. Postmark by December 31st for 2016 tax credit.

•  Give by phone. You can make a one-time gift or set up a monthly Hope Builder gift over the phone by calling 870-793-6841, ext. 315.

•  Spread the word. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share the ASYR with your friends.

•  Donate gifts of stock or property. The Ranches can accept a variety of noncash gifts including appreciated stock or property. Contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or to learn more.

•  Make a special tax free gift via IRA. For those aged 70½ or older, you can make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. Click here, or contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or to learn more.

•  Set up a personal visit. If you have other ideas for a special gift to benefit the Ranches, let us know. Contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or email to set up a visit today!

Your end-of-the-year gift to the Ranches is an investment in Arkansas’s future. Every gift, no matter how large or small, is truly appreciated and is used to provide for all costs associated with raising a child. Together we can make a difference in the lives of even more children in 2019!

Wishing you and yours a New Year filled with love and kindness, from all of us at the Ranches!

Become a Hope Builder

In 2019, commit to a monthly contribution. It’s a simple, secure way to provide consistent support to the ASYR. Click here to support today! For the cost of a fast food meal, you can help change a child’s life. For a contribution for 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

This year, you can make a difference in the life of a child. Click here to become a Hope Builder with your monthly gift to the Ranches.