Gourmet Guru Grill Giveaway
05/27/2020

We are very excited to offer an opportunity to win this beautiful new Gourmet Guru Grill while benefiting the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches! Details: For every $10 you donate to the Ranch through this special link, you will be entered to win this Deluxe Grill and Metal Rolling Cart from Gourmet Guru Grills. For every $25 you donate, you will receive three (3) entries. Drawing will be held on Friday, June 19, just in time for Father’s Day! Click here to make your gift today The Deluxe Gourmet Guru Grill comes with a handy Metal Rolling Cart, and together they retail … Continue reading

Spring brings hope in the midst of COVID-19 at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch
04/30/2020

It’s officially springtime at the Ranch! Children are playing in the yards and fishing at the pond. Shouts of joy ring out. Green leaves, bright buttercups, and pink roses bask in the sunshine. But while the Ranch appears beautiful, the Ranch staff remain aware of the serious health crisis we are living through. We’re keeping the Ranch running during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are challenging times for all of us. The children who call the Ranch home have already lived through their own trauma, child abuse, abandonment, and separation from their biological parents. Now they’re experiencing more uncertainty regarding the … Continue reading

ASYR Staff spotlight: Kirsten Harvey
04/24/2020

Each staff member at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches (ASYR) makes a big impact on the children  who call the Ranch home. Kirsten Harvey, Transportation Coordinator and Receptionist, is no exception. Kirsten began working at the Ranch on February 3, 2020. About Kirsten Before joining the Ranch staff, Kirsten worked at Sherwood Urgent Care for over two years as a medical assistant. Prior to that, she worked at a pharmacy as a pharmacy tech. These positions not only helped her build experience in billing and administrative skills. They also helped her become a customer service expert. She gained understanding in … Continue reading

ASYR hosts virtual spring art sale
04/16/2020

The history of art: How ASYR acquired collections What pairs better with spring time than beautiful, bright flowers and plants? We thought this, too, when opening a box of lovely botanical prints donated by longtime Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches’ board member, Brent Stevenson. Stevenson currently serves as Board Secretary/Treasurer. Stevenson donated several amazing collections of prints to the Ranch in 2014. The Ranch staff recently identified a large print to frame and display above the fireplace mantel in the newly renovated lodge next to the administration building. Wedding parties, organizations, and corporations will be able to rent the lodge with … Continue reading

Capturing one Rancher’s beauty: Local photographer highlights senior year
04/02/2020

Alexis* twisted one long braid, silently perched atop a chair in the lobby of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches’ administration building. She bit her lower lip and sighed. “Are you excited about getting senior pictures made?” A staff member asked. She nodded slowly. She fidgeted with a scarf she held, fraying its edges between her fingers. “I just brought this because I think it looks like something you wear for senior pictures. I don’t wear this in real life,” she admitted. Her shoulders relaxed when a minivan arrived a few moments later, a tall, slender woman sporting a large camera … Continue reading

Adopting from the Ranch: Providing a forever home
03/17/2020

How they met Emily and Philip Ives met when they began working at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches nine years ago. “Before we were hired at the Ranch, we worked across the street from one another for years unknowingly,” Emily laughs. Emily graduated from Lyon College, and Philip graduated from Arkansas State University. Emily, who is now the Ranch’s Business Manager, joined the Ranch team as Director of Communications and was recently promoted to Business Manager. Philip, originally hired as Program Manager, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer a few years ago. Over time, the two became quite a team. … Continue reading

Ranch Response to Coronavirus
03/16/2020

How we are keeping our Ranchers safe and healthy: Due to the increased threat from the coronavirus pandemic, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is taking social distancing measures to isolate children and staff in an attempt to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has ordered schools closed through Spring Break, so all of our Ranch children will remain on campus for at least the next two weeks. Our houseparents will be keeping children close to their homes, and they will increase sanitation measures, making sure all surfaces are disinfected and that children are washing their … Continue reading

Help children at the Ranch celebrate Easter
03/09/2020

Spiritual growth for Ranchers 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 … Continue reading

Baking for kids: Making birthdays special at the Ranch
03/05/2020

Alishia Baker truly lives up to her last name. An avid, creative baker, Alishia started baking at a young age and has always loved it. Recently, she began volunteering her time, talent, and baked goods to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. About birthdays at the Ranch Founded in 1976 by Arkansas sheriffs, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches provide a loving, supportive place to call home for about 60 children per year. Located near Batesville, Arkansas, the Ranch operates family-style cottages, helping children feel secure, stable, and comfortable. The Ranch provides multiple programs and services for Ranchers, including therapy sessions, an educational … Continue reading

Becoming whole: Jason’s story
02/18/2020

An interview with Jason “What is the best thing about the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches?” One of our children at the Ranch (whom we lovingly refer to as Ranchers) sits calmly across from me. He doesn’t miss a beat. “My parents,” he smiles. “Do you mean your houseparents?” I clarify, not knowing that his biological parents are deceased. “Um yeah,” he stares back at me, as if I should have known that for Ranchers, houseparents are never simply staff members. “Of course. The best thing here is having a home and a family.” For foster children who call the Ranch … Continue reading