His children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26
Provide a safe, caring, and Christ-centered home to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of children in crisis.
How To Help
Partner with us today! There are many ways that you can help a child in need. We accept monetary & non-monetary donations, partner with Amazon Smile, and can come speak to your organization about our mission.
Be a part of what is happening at Joy Ranch! There are opportunities for churches, service groups, and individuals alike.
Our staff is more than just a group of employees: we believe that each team member is an essential part of the Joy Ranch family.
News & Events
Recently, Mrs. Lynn shared with me some pictures of Ava who had planted some peas earlier this spring. Each child had an opportunity to choose and plant some garden vegetables, and Ava must love peas! I believe Lynn said she had planted 40 plants and one day last week...
Recently I, along with another staff and two kiddos, took a Bob Ross painting class. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if I was good at art, but my running joke has been that I can’t draw a stick person straight. To willingly take a painting class was no small thing....
The Mt. Zion UMC mission team which was here June 3rd – 6th. In two and a half days, they reworked the deck behind McHenry, rebuilt the six picnic tables, reworked the deck at the Director's house, pressure washed the deck behind the Administrative Office, plus they...
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Celebrating 60 Years Helping Kids in 2021.
Since opening its doors in 1961 under the direction of the Rev. Richard and Mary McHenry, Joy Ranch, has served over 5000 children and their families in crisis.
Joy Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Your gifts are tax deductible. Joy Ranch is funded by faith through donations from individuals, churches and other organizations. Joy Ranch is licensed by the state of Virginia but receives no yearly-allocated state funding. We abide by the standards for membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Joy Ranch provides a safe, loving, and structured home for children from crisis situations. Our children have endured difficulties out of their control and need a place of refuge. We provide trauma-informed care, empowerment, and protection for all of our children in a family-style, home setting.