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

Our Mission

Provide a safe, caring, and Christ-centered home to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of children in crisis.

How To Help

Partner with us today! There are many ways that you can help a child in need. We accept monetary & non-monetary donations and can come speak to your organization about our mission.


Be a part of what is happening at Joy Ranch! There are opportunities for churches, service groups, and individuals alike.

Our Team

Our staff is more than just a group of employees: we believe that each team member is an essential part of the Joy Ranch family.

Our Work

News & Events

An Awesome Group

An Awesome Group

In the words of Michelle, one of our house parents, "They were awesome!" The North Spartan Baptist Association from South Carolina ministered to our Joy Ranch family over the past week in several ways: A Bible study on spiritual disciplines An art project that went...

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Happy Retirement, Mrs. Suzanne!

Happy Retirement, Mrs. Suzanne!

It was a bittersweet celebration for Mrs. Suzanne King as Joy Ranch wished her farewell this week. She's been a wonderful Community Manager for years in our ministry, but it's time to enjoy her retirement. She and her husband, David, will be moving closer to their...

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Toilet Paper Toss-and-Run HUGE Success!

Toilet Paper Toss-and-Run HUGE Success!

We called for help and you responded! Even before our April 6 & 7 drive through event, we had a wonderful response from individuals, churches, organizations, and even companies that donated to our supply drive. What a blessing it was to receive so many necessary...

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Latest From Tales of a Houseparent Blog

A Problem with Sin

I have a Golden Retriever named Lucy. Lucy is pure joy and often makes me laugh. She’s a big, intelligent goofball. I’ve had a number of dogs over the years, and Lucy is definitely the most intelligent one I’ve had. Yet for all her brilliant moments, she is still a...

Answer to Prayer: Morelli Houseparents

We were so happy to have Liz & Nick Morelli, as well as their daughter Sophia, join our Joy Ranch family last fall! They are an answer to long years of prayer and wanted to share their story with you. Stay tuned to how they are seeing the kids at Joy Ranch grow in...

Please Remove Your Cap…

(Thank you to Bethany for sharing what she posted on Facebook on January 7, 2024) Today at church our Pastor said one of the most profound things I may have ever heard from a pulpit. He told a true story of a young man who was going to church, who hadn't been in a...

Celebrating 60 Years Helping Kids in 2021.

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.

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.

About Us

Joy Ranch provides a safe, loving, and structured home for children from crisis situations. Our children have endured difficulties out of their control and need a place of refuge. We provide trauma-informed care, empowerment, and protection for all of our children in a family-style, home setting.

Phone: 276-236-5578

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813 Joy Ranch Road Woodlawn, VA 24381

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