Adopting from the Ranch: Providing a forever home

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arkansas 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 … Continue reading

Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches nominated for 2020 Community Collaboration Award

At the 2020 Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and gala on January 24, the winner of the 2020 Community Collaboration Award will be announced. The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is excited to be nominated. “We at ASYR are delighted and honored to be nominated for the Batesville Chamber of Commerce award for Community Collaboration.  For the last six years, we have pursued the goal of being a good partner to the community that has given so much to the boys and girls who call the Ranch ‘home,’” says Nancy Fulton, CEO of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches.  “We … Continue reading

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