His children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26

Our Mission

To provide a welcoming, safe, caring, and Christ-centered environment to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of children and their families in crisis.


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Our Blog

The Joy Ranch House-parenting team shares their stories. Read their stories and learn more!

Over 50 Years Helping Kids

Since opening its doors in 1961 under the direction of the Rev. Richard and Mary McHenry, Joy Ranch, has served over 5000 children and their families in crisis. Read more...

Nestled in the Blue Ridge

The Joy Ranch campus has five ranch-style cottages, a gymnasium, administrative offices, a recreation facility, soccer field and ball diamond. Continue reading...

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Resident Stories

I owe my thanks to a lot of people but most of all I offer my thanks to God because without him none of this would have been possible. I also thank the support and love of the Joy Ranch family for their works in helping me achieve my goals. I also would like to thank the many supporters of Joy Ranch for it is all of you who keep the ranch prayed over and carrying on to accomplish its day-to-day operation.

- Kyle

Joy Ranch filled me with a feast of God’s Word. And because of what Mr. & Mrs. McHenry and others gave in the name of Jesus, I am now a seminary student preparing to become a pastor with the Wesleyan Church. Valentine’s Day 2005 I had the privilege of preaching my first sermon. It was the day the world celebrates love. But I went to share about a love greater than any in this world. And that is God’s love that profoundly affected my life, especially while at Joy Ranch.

- Timothy

Joy Ranch was my home and a safe place for me – my “everything”. I was able to get into counseling, and I started running and playing basketball. Good house par- ents treated me like their own child. Kids like me want to feel loved and cared about. I attended church with my Joy Ranch family.

- Sam

About Us

JOY RANCH, a Christian Home for Children is a safe haven and residential program for children in crisis.  It's a place for children who have endured situations out of their control...children who need a place of refuge.

Address: 813 Joy Ranch Rd
Woodlawn, VA 24381

Phone: 276-236-5578

Faith Funded

Joy Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  Your gifts are tax deductible. Joy Ranch is funded by faith through donations from individuals, churches and other organizations. Joy Ranch is licensed by the state of Virginia but receives no yearly-allocated state funding. We abide by the standards for membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

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