Meet Our Boys’ Houseparents: The Rash family!

Its a chilly Fall evening, the cottages all nestled quitely on top of the Joy Ranch hill. The cold wind cuts through the air and brings with it the feeling that Winter is just around the corner. As the sun slowly sets, all is quiet. Walk inside of Leebrick cottage, however, and the scene could…

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Live Nativity – December 8, 2018!

Saturday, December 8 from 6-8 pm at 813 Joy Ranch Rd, Woodlawn VA Enjoy our FREE drive thru live nativity celebrating the real reason for the season (Jesus’ birth). Different scenes set up leading to the manger, followed by FREE refreshments and hundreds of nativity scenes set up in our gym. Share the event on…

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Skyview Baptist Church Ladies Give Quilts

What a blessing it was to have Skyview Baptist Church ladies from Fancy Gap, VA donate quilts for our precious residents. These sweet ladies delivered these beautiful works of art back in October. Thank you, ladies and ALL of our volunteers and donors!

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Giving Tuesday – Free Tours, Refreshments & Door Prizes!

This #GivingTuesday, Joy Ranch (A Christian Home for Children) in Woodlawn will celebrate giving by free tours of the campus to the community. During your tour, you will see how Joy Ranch is making a positive difference in the lives of kids in need. Enjoy free cocoa and door prizes as well! Tours will be given…

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“Falling” for our volunteers!

On a recent cool, fall day there were many sights and sounds to behold on the Joy Ranch campus. Maybe it was the faint “whoosh” of paint rollers in one of our cottages or the sound of hammers applying a new roof on another building. You might have heard friendly chatter from the folks spreading…

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Fall Holidays

With another holiday season rapidly approaching it’s time to take a look at Fall Holidays. In an earlier post (titled “Holidays” if you’d like to go back and check it out) we discussed Spring holidays, and how holidays at the Ranch can be difficult, since kids are away from their families. Fall holidays are no…

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What happens when . . . . kids leave.

Since we have talked about what happens when kids come to join us at Joy Ranch, the next logical question is: What happens when they leave? When kids leave is determined by a lot of factors – in the end there are times when our kids leave having completed a transition plan (meaning it has…

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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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New Scholarship for Joy Ranch Kids!

The J.G. & Vera Mae Long Scholarship Fund was established in April 2018 by Mr. & Mrs. Jim Hiner to provide financial assistance to deserving students who are enrolled in an approved program (credit or short-term Workforce Development) at Wytheville Community College. Residents must be current or former residents of Joy Ranch. To Donate to…

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When Kids Come In

A lot of questions we get asked as houseparents begin with the phrase: “What happens when” A common question of this sort is: What happens when kids first come to Joy Ranch? How do they come to be with you?   I am so glad you asked! As we have often mentioned kids come to…

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