Things not to say . . . . .

There are a lot of things about houseparenting that people are unsure of: What is a houseparent? Are the kids orphans? Are you foster care? Who pays for their care? Why do you have these kids? Etc., etc., etc.   Because there is so much that can be unclear, we do, at times, run into…

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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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What Is A House Parent, Anyway?

  • So, you’ve learned a little bit about what Joy Ranch is and is not. Bethany has shared some killer tips and tricks of the “trade” we use around here. I’ve taken you on a tour of Leebrick cottage. Now I suppose you’d like to know what exactly is a “house parent,” right? We…

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Thank You Skyview Women’s Ministry!

We would like to extend a BIG thank you to Skyview Missionary Baptist Church Women’s Ministry for their recent donation to Joy Ranch. Susan Huxster, Executive Director, enjoyed meeting with the group and getting to know them better. We are so blessed by groups like this that help us continue the mission of taking care…

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The Coupon Jar

Anyone who works with children will tell you that it often becomes easy to spend too much time focusing on the negative; it can be hard to remember the positives – or have time to celebrate them. It has been stated, by researchers with the Harvard Business Review that a ratio of five positive comments…

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Copper Crest Riding Therapy Program Fundraisers

Joy Ranch has been blessed by Copper Crest Riding Therapy Program in Wytheville, VA. For years, they have helped our kids with horse therapy and we wanted to help them promote two upcoming fundraisers they are having this spring. Your support of this programs helps our Joy Ranch residents! Paint Night fundraiser, will be Friday…

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Holidays

With Easter just wrapping up I think it is important to take some time to talk about holidays. (For this blog we’ll focus on just those that come in the Spring.) They can be hard for so many different reasons. When you are raising a house full of other people’s children any one of those…

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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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Welcome to Leebrick Cottage!

Hello, again! If you were to stop by our campus, you would be greeted with friendly faces and people who are glad you stopped by. They would be happy to answer your questions and tell you what this place called Joy Ranch is all about. And then you’d be invited on a tour to see…

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