Scott remembers, it was a hot summer day when he was removed from his home by the court. He was just 14 at the time. Although leaving home was scary, he felt going to the Ranch couldn’t be any worse than where he was living. Twenty-five years later Scott can still recount the trauma of being locked in the sweltering garage or the camper all alone. As one of 5 kids (from multiple sets of parents), things happened that no child should have to experience. After he was removed from his home, he was able to come live at the Ranch. Initially, Scott had anger issues. … Continue reading
Former Rancher Now a Teacher | Back to School Time!
Since school let out in May, the Ranch has been buzzing with activity from campus visits, to projects around the farm, to lots of activities with our boys and girls. Our Ranchers had a very special visit from First Lady Susan Hutchinson in June. The First Lady toured our campus and spent time with each of our boys and girls. She spoke to them and encouraged them to make the most of their time at the Ranch. Her message was very well received and much appreciated. The next week, the Ranch hosted a group of Arkansas Sheriffs from across the … Continue reading
Dorothy Morris to Receive 23rd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award
For 23 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, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is honored to recognize Dorothy Morris for her tireless work on behalf of Arkansas children. Dorothy Morris has devoted her life to supporting the work of nonprofit organizations through the Morris Foundation, which invests in nonprofit projects around the state and has encourage millions of dollars in matching gifts. Dorothy believes in a holistic approach to philanthropy with a strong focus on children and families. Whether she … Continue reading
ASYR IN THE NEWS: Home on the range
In case you missed it, the Ranch was recently featured in a wonderful article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Click here to read the full article for free. Home on the Range For 41 years, the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch has taken children with nowhere to go and turned them into productive adults. BETHESDA — The Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch sits on more than 500 acres in rural Independence County. There are barns and cottages, rolling pastures and a herd of Hereford cattle. There’s a basketball court, goats and chickens. It’s easy to see why a group of lawmen in the … Continue reading
Celebrating Our 2018 Seniors!
Congratulations to our three 2018 Seniors: Keegan, Devon, and Dylan! We are filled with pride as these three seniors graduate from High School in a couple of weeks! The odds were stacked against each of these young people. But a combination of their strength and resilience and the love and opportunities they received from Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch has brought them to this point. We are incredibly grateful to every Ranch supporter who has provided for these young men and women over the years. Because of your support, they have been Ranch Raised! At the Ranch, we raise a child’s … Continue reading
RANCH RAISED: from last pick to MVP
Donovan was just nine years old when he was rescued from an abusive home by local law enforcement. He and his little brother and sisters were found alone in a roach and mice infested apartment. They would be left at home for days at a time, and Donovan was responsible for changing diapers and bathing and feeding the little ones. If his parents came home to find a baby in a dirty diaper, supper not cooked, or kids crying – he was severely punished. Thankfully, Donovan and his siblings were able to come and live at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches … Continue reading
From unimaginable childhood to a bright future
An Unimaginable Childhood Llahoma was only 10 years old when her parents divorced. Soon after that, her mother became pregnant with another man’s child. Her mother went from job to job. Over the next 3 years, they were evicted often and a variety of men were in and out of Llahoma’s life. There was no stability. Llahoma’s mom and her live in boyfriend were both addicted to drugs. Her mother would often try to barter her for sex in exchange for more drugs. First, her mom was trafficking drugs. Then she started an escort service. Every day was filled with physical, … Continue reading
You can still make a difference in 2017!
As 2017 draws to a close, we reflect on another year at the Ranch and celebrate some of our accomplishments. This year: Two Seniors graduated from high school. Nearly 60 children found a home and hope for a brighter future at the Ranch. Ranchers helped with a successful first ever Pumpkin Patch. We celebrated lots of birthdays and Christmas with presents and yummy food! Ranchers continue to help on the farm with new animals and a growing herd. Looking back, it’s obvious that 2017 was a great year. It is also obvious that none of this would be possible without the consistent generous support from … Continue reading
He tried to run away 3 times…
Ben was just 13. He’d been horribly abused by his drug-addicted parents. He did the best he could to take care of his younger siblings when his parents were high. His younger siblings were eventually adopted and all ties to them had been cut off. This was really hard on Ben. When Ben came to the Ranch he was probably one of the most depressed young boys I’d ever seen. It broke my heart. Being so young and with his history of abuse and abandonment, Ben didn’t know how to handle his emotions. He was defensive and angry. He struggled daily just to get along with others. He certainly … Continue reading
Greg Hatcher to be Honored at 22nd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner
Please join us on Thursday, October 26 as we honor Greg Hatcher for his outrageous service to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Greg Hatcher and his team at The Hatcher Agency have been Arkansas’s number one producer in health insurance sales every year since the company opened its doors in 1990. Greg literally wrote the book on “Outrageous Service,” and The Hatcher Agency has been recognized as one of the top health insurance producers in the nation. But for Greg, outrageous service doesn’t end with his business. Greg is constantly giving back to the community through his own outrageous service, … Continue reading