Posts by Hannah Lee

A “Typical” Day in the Life of a Joy Ranch House Parent.

By Michelle Rash It’s hard to believe we’ve got almost 2 months of school under our belts! The schools here start during the beginning of August, typically and end in May (depending on winter weather!) Like most families, getting back into the school year routine can take a bit of time and the weeks are…

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When Your Calling Breaks Your Heart

I pulled the door tightly closed behind me and made it to my room just in time for the tears to begin falling down my face. I sank into my bed, buried my face in my hands, and began to weep, no longer able to suffocate the pain welling up inside. Some days, this job…

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Our Kids

Last week Michelle wrote about what a house parent is – and is not. We both agree that an important piece of understanding that is having a better sense of the population we work with. Michelle mentioned that we are not: Camp counselors – this isn’t a summer camp.  Drill sergeants – this is not…

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Meet Christy, our Services Coordinator!

Any given day, it is likely that you will find Christy buried beneath a stack of paperwork, busily working through mountains of data, forms, files, applications, and any other document you can imagine. Walk into her office though, and no matter how busy she is, she will stop, smile, and kindly converse with you as…

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Volunteer Spotlight: A Huge Thanks to SLUH!

Early Monday morning, a beautiful blanket of fresh fallen snow covered the rolling hills and quietly nestled cottages that sit atop the Joy Ranch campus. The wind sifted through the trees, reminding everyone that Spring was not quite here yet. While most students and teachers on Spring Break would have enjoyed such a morning from…

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Meet the Girls’ Houseparents: The Collins!

The Joy Ranch team is so proud to introduce you to our Girls’ Houseparents, Gene and Bethany Collins!   On any given morning, the Collins’ day starts before sunrise. They face a monumental task: getting eight girls up, ready, and fed and then off to school. During the day they run appointments, do paper work,…

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Making the Most of a Tough Situation

One struggle faced by our residents is the simple passage of time and what that does to a relationship that is primarily long-distance. Even with family. As time passes and the children come to be with us for an extended period of time phone calls home can become strained. It can be hard, for both…

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“Tales of a Houseparent:” Our Blog Is Up and Running!

Have you ever wondered what life as a Houseparent is like? House parenting is a unique role like no other, filled with joys, sorrows, and everything in between. One question that every houseparent is asked frequently tends to be: “So, what do you do as a houseparent?” While this is not a simple answer, the…

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