Little Isaac was only 7 years old when he and his older brother and sister were removed from their home and placed in a shelter. Their mom was addicted to drugs and had neglected taking care of the children. While their mother went to court multiple times, she could never pass a drug test. Eventually, she had to give up the rights to her children because of her severe addiction. The children had been separated and lived in shelters for months. They didn’t know when they would be back together or if they would ever be able to return home. In an … Continue reading
From the Shelter to a Forever Family
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 … Continue reading
Youth Ranches receives Difference Maker Award from Rainwater Holt & Sexton
The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches recently received Rainwater Holt & Sexton’s Victory Over Violence Difference Maker award. Check out this great story that aired on FOX 16 News. Thank you to Rainwater Holt & Sexton for this special recognition and for your generous support of the Youth Ranches! You can join the Ranch today by supporting our mission to fight child abuse and neglect and provide safe and loving family style foster homes for Arkansas children. To learn more about our mission click here. Become a Hope Builder Committing to a monthly contribution is a simple, secure way to provide … Continue reading
It’s Christmastime at the Ranch!
Christmas can be a difficult time for the boys and girls at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Some miss their families, and for others, this may be the very first time they get to experience the joy of Christmas! YOU can make this Christmas merry and bright for our Ranchers! The end of the year is an expensive time to raise a child, especially when you raise as many as we do at the Ranches. We ask that you consider making a special year-end gift to help meet our needs during the Christmas season. Here are some ways YOU can help this Christmas! … Continue reading
#GivingTuesday is November 27, And We Need Your Help!
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 Ranches during #GivingTuesday, November 27, Citizens Bank will match your gift dollar for dollar up to $5,000! ONE DAY 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, November 27th. Here are some ways YOU can help the Ranches receive the entire … Continue reading
Actor Judge Reinhold to Appear at Special Screening of The Santa Clause to Benefit Ranch
Actor Judge Reinhold will make a special appearance on Sunday, December 2, at the Melba Theater in Batesville for a screening of Disney’s Christmas hit The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen. Judge, who co-stars as Neal in the film, is best known for his roles in Beverly Hills Cop 1,2,3; Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Seinfeld. The Santa Clause will kick off the theater’s Very Melba Christmas series. Judge will participate in a Q&A and signings following the screening. The screening will benefit the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. The film will begin at 6:30 pm on Sunday, December 2 at the Melba … Continue reading
From Rancher to Aspiring Preacher
John’s dad died in a car wreck when he was just 9 years old. And his mother was addicted to drugs, so he wound up going from one foster home to another. When John was 11, he came to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, and he has been here ever since. A handsome young man with fair hair, bright blue eyes, freckles and a warm, caring smile, John is extremely smart and loves working with animals at the Ranch. He’s really good at chess and is eager to get outside and feed the chickens and goats who live near Faith Hall. Mrs. Cheyenne, his house mom, … Continue reading
On the Porch with Rick & Cheyenne
Rick and Cheyenne Ingram are truly part of the fabric of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch. Since 1983, they have raised more than 500 boys in their home, Faith Hall. They have enjoyed seeing these children grow into emotionally stable and responsible young men, many who now have families of their own. We have a deep sense of gratitude to their 35-year commitment, and we wanted to ask them some questions about their time at the Ranch. Q: How long have you been at the Ranch? A: Rick started here as the mechanic in August 1982 and we started houseparenting in May of 1983, so 35 years … Continue reading
Former Rancher Now a Teacher | Back to School Time!
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
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