Conversations

Although I’m not a houseparent, I was invited to contribute to our blog since I work part-time at Joy Ranch. I love being part of the “family”, even though I don’t get to spend nearly enough time with the kids we serve (as a homeschooling mom of my own three, high-spirited sons). A few weeks…

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Mt. Zion UMC & Copper Crest Farm

This summer, a team from Mt. Zion UMC worked hard at Copper Crest Farm, the wonderful facility where our kids engage in horse therapy (and have for years). Pam Umberger was overwhelmed with gratitude that the team was able to complete so many tasks! We are so thankful to this group of volunteers as well as…

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A Time to Laugh

Community. I’ve been reminded recently how important it is. Sixteen months ago the world shut down due to COVID-19, and although many places have removed all restrictions, places like Joy Ranch are still dealing with regulations which keep us from fully engaging with the world around us. In many ways, we’ve been blessed through this…

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Waffle Iron Chef

See what we did there?  Since we are all still at home having to get creative we thought we would pass along some things we do here that add a little fun – as well as ease and convenience – to the “every day”. Most of these ideas are self-explanatory but we’ve listed a few…

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Volunteers – What a Blessing!

This summer has brought back volunteers to Joy Ranch! What a blessing each individual and group has been to our ministry and the kids have loved the extra special attention as well as activities. The North Spartan Baptist Association from Boiling Springs, SC had 18 people representing 5 different churches when they visited in June. …

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Blueberries are here!

We’ve been blessed again by Deer Haven Blueberries in Allisonia, VA with fresh blueberries to sell for the cottages! All income goes 100% to the cottages for the kids. Pick them up at Joy Ranch – 4 pints for $10 (that’s a $2 savings). Also available at Hershberger’s Country Market and Horton’s Supermarket for $3…

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Mother’s Day at Joy Ranch

At Joy Ranch, Mother’s Day can be a very hard time for our children so we do not celebrate the holiday in our cottages. They are not with their biological mothers and you can see why that would be upsetting to them. Of course, our kids love their houseparents and the wonderful godly women they…

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60th Anniversary Article

Thank you to The Carroll News for their recent article highlighting our 60th anniversary! You can read it here – https://www.mtairynews.com/news/96256/joy-ranch-celebrating-60th-anniversary?fbclid=IwAR1-xFMvxlAJWLBLwAftt3aNQd6iNxLb7wa3CDGihMCJG7k6qx4mBmBwYbM

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