His children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26
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 staff is more than just a group of employees: we believe that each team member is an essential part of the Joy Ranch family.
News & Events
What is that smell???
A long time ago someone told me a story. I do not remember who; or when. I only know that it has stuck with me - and proven helpful in my own life, as well as provided perspective for those God has called me to minister to. It goes like this: A woman discovers her...
Thomas Road Outpost Adventure!
Our residents, staff, and Board of Directors enjoyed a weekend of fellowship, fun, excitement, and team building skills in April at Thomas Road Outpost in Lynchburg, VA. It was a cool, rainy weekend but the warm smiles and laughter made up for the unpleasant weather....
Boston College Volunteers are Great!
We were so blessed to have a wonderful group of Boston College students again this year during their spring break in March. Our kids loved spending time with them, and the volunteers accomplished so much while they were here. Check it out! Joy Ranch won 2 out of 3...
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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.
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.
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.