Join the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches for its first ever Pumpkin Patch! Admission is only $10 and includes one pumpkin per visitor and free access to all these fun activities: Corn Maze Hay Ride Bouncy Houses Petting Zoo Tire Swings Fruit Slingshot Corn Pit Carnival Games, and more! Our beautiful 600 acre campus offers many opportunities for beautiful fall photos with the whole family, and we’ll also have some fun photo spots set up for the kids! Hours of Operation Dates: Fri, Oct 20-Wed, Oct 25 and Fri, Oct 27-Sat, Oct 28 Times: M-F: 9-4, Sat: 9-5, Sun: 1-5 CLOSED: … Continue reading
NEW: Youth Ranches Pumpkin Patch
Ranchers go back to school in two weeks!
In just two short weeks, our Ranch boys and girls will be going back to school. There is so much to do between now and then! Hundreds of pairs of shoes and jeans will be tried on. Dozens of backpacks will be purchased and stuffed with new school supplies. There will be many fresh back-to-school haircuts given. That’s the exciting part of back to school at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. But what you may not realize is that for many Arkansas boys and girls, just getting to school can be complicated. How the Ranch Helped Three Siblings Brandon’s mom was constantly … Continue reading
Summer Ranch Report
Thank you to every one of our donors for giving our boys and girls hope and a future! I’m excited to share our Summer Ranch Report and tell you about our new home for our older girls – made possible through your generosity. You’ll read about two of our Ranchers, Chris and Brandon. They graduated last month, and we couldn’t be more proud of them. Like most of our children, Chris came from a broken home. Before he was even 13 he was in trouble. He was smoking pot and skipping school. He was in and out of jail. But because you help provide loving … Continue reading
VIDEO from KARK 4 News: Youth Ranches Gives Arkansas Children a Place to Thrive
In case you missed it, click here to watch the great story from KARK 4 News about the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches! Thanks to KARK for helping us tell our story about the lives that are changed at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. You can support the Ranch mission by becoming a Hope Builder with a monthly gift or by making a one-time gift to the Ranches. Did you know that a monthly contribution of just $25 can provide: • New shoes for up to six of our boys and girls • A monthly allowance for one child • Caps and gowns for all of … Continue reading
VIDEO: New Girls Cottage Opens at Ranch
At the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, we have seen a growing need for sibling groups, especially sibling groups that include younger children, who need a place to call home. We recently wrote about the youngest children we have taken to date. An under two year old, her three year old sister, and her brother, who is 10. This sibling group is just one of many reasons we decided to open a new cottage for girls at the Ranch this year. Here’s a story from KAIT Region 8 News about the new cottage and this immediate need. We have repurposed an older home … Continue reading
Thursday April 6: Double Your Gift During Arkansas Gives!
UPDATE: 4/7/2017 MANY THANKS!!! to everyone who supported the ASYR during ArkansasGives! Thanks to your generosity, the ASYR beat our goal of $5,000 to receive a generous matching gift from the Morris Foundation. We are so thankful for everyone who donated, but we’re especially grateful for Dorothy Morris and the Morris Foundation and their continued support of the ASYR’s mission to provide safe, loving homes for Arkansas boys and girls. We had 88 supporters donate a total of $19,709 to the ASYR. That plus the bonus dollars that we will receive from the Arkansas Community Foundation will take our one-day total up to … Continue reading
Three Siblings Reunited at the Youth Ranches
We recently took in our youngest children to date at the Youth Ranches. The brother, age 10, came to us a few months ago. When his 3-year-old sister was being moved from her third foster home, DHS asked us to take her. Fortuitous timing and a willing house mother allowed us to take in this sweet girl and reunite her with her brother. Last week, DHS came to us again and asked if we could take in the youngest sibling, a not-yet-2-year old, after her ninth foster home was closing. She has cancer and will soon receive more treatment and … Continue reading
From the Ranch to the Board Room: a story of second chances
This is Roger’s story Roger and his little brother came to live at the Ranch in 1976. 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
YOU Can Still Make a Difference in 2016!
As we end our 40th year, I can’t tell you all of the heartbreaking stories that have brought each child to live at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Nor can I tell you the many stories of generosity that have made the Ranches a reality. But what I can tell you is this: • NO child comes to the Ranches through any fault of their own. • We cannot provide safe, healthy and loving homes for these children without YOU. As 2016 comes to a close, there’s still time to make a difference in the lives of these children. With your help, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ … Continue reading
Christmas at the Ranches
YOU Can Make this Christmas Merry and Bright for our Ranchers! 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! But we need YOU to help make it happen! 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 … Continue reading