Ranch life fosters growth

Thriving through Ranch life Thanks to the hard work and determination of our sheriffs more than 40 years ago, the Ranch is a place of hope and healing for Arkansas children. These children, whom we call Ranchers, have simply needed a place to call home. At the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, children experience Ranch life. Set on an idyllic 568 acres in the foothills of the Ozarks, the Ranch serves about 60 children per year. Each morning, the sun radiates across campus, highlighting rolling pastures, sturdy barns, secure cottages, and herds of cattle. Children attend school. When they return, they … Continue reading

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!  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 … Continue reading

#GivingTuesday 2019

***Post #GIVINGTUESDAY UPDATE*** 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 … Continue reading

A second chance: Roger’s Story

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

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

From Rancher to Award-Winning First Responder

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!

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