Generous Bikers

What an amazing visit from Sons of Soldiers! This giving group of individuals from Hudson, NC organized a motorcycle ride for Joy Ranch then drove the donation to our campus in Virginia. We’re so blessed by tons of individuals, groups, and churches that support us. Thank you!

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NRV Shares Golf Tournament – August 16 & 17

What a blessing to have NRV Shares ask Joy Ranch to be part of their annual golf tournament! Join us this Thursday or Friday for the event at the beautiful Draper Valley Golf Course and many thanks to Xpress Market for their support. For more information, please contact Stan Moran at 540-998-9798 (xpressmkt@verizon.net) or Audra at…

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Chesterfield Group Visits AGAIN!

We have said it once, we will say it again & again: we could not serve our community without the help of our wonderful volunteers. The Joy Ranch team wants to give a HUGE thank you to the incredible Chesterfield County Team!!! This is the 3rd year this wonderful group of workers has blessed our…

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In Summer . . . . .

Summer is a great time to be a kid. And it is no exception for our kids here at Joy Ranch. So far all or some of our residents have: Spent a week at the beach Attended day camp One of our younger residents attended Science Camp Taken a trip with a local youth group…

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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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