He tried to run away 3 times…
10/01/2017

Ben was just 13. He’d been horribly abused by his drug-addicted parents. He did the best he could to take care of his younger siblings when his parents were high. His younger siblings were eventually adopted and all ties to them had been cut off. This was really hard on Ben.  When Ben came to the Ranch he was probably one of the most depressed young boys I’d ever seen. It broke my heart. Being so young and with his history of abuse and abandonment, Ben didn’t know how to handle his emotions. He was defensive and angry. He struggled daily just to get along with others. He certainly … Continue reading

Greg Hatcher to be Honored at 22nd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner
09/19/2017

Please join us on Thursday, October 26 as we honor Greg Hatcher for his outrageous service to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Greg Hatcher and his team at The Hatcher Agency have been Arkansas’s number one producer in health insurance sales every year since the company opened its doors in 1990. Greg literally wrote the book on “Outrageous Service,” and The Hatcher Agency has been recognized as one of the top health insurance producers in the nation. But for Greg, outrageous service doesn’t end with his business. Greg is constantly giving back to the community through his own outrageous service, … Continue reading

He was 12 and couldn’t tie his shoes…
09/01/2017

Life Before the Ranch He was just 12 years old and living in a run-down camper. There was no electricity, no water. It was heartbreaking. This was one of the worst living conditions we’d ever seen. Dylan was living with his father. Unfortunately, his father was not mentally capable of caring for Dylan. Dylan didn’t know how to brush his teeth, bathe properly, make a bed – or even tie his shoes. Life on the Ranch That was more than 4 years ago. But today – because of friends like you, Dylan’s life at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches looks very different. A couple of … Continue reading

NEW! Youth Ranches Pumpkin Patch
08/15/2017

Join the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches for its first ever Pumpkin Patch! The staff and children at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches have been hard at work to transform the Ranch into its first-ever Pumpkin Patch! Admission is only $10 and includes one pumpkin per visitor and free access to up to 5 of these fun activities: Hay Ride Bouncy Houses Petting Zoo Tire Swings Fruit Slingshot Corn Pit Fall Maze 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 … Continue reading

Ranchers go back to school in two weeks!
07/31/2017

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
06/20/2017

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
06/07/2017

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
04/21/2017

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!
04/04/2017

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
03/27/2017

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