His children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26

Our Mission

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 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 Team

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.

Our Work

News & Events

Birthday Fundraisers through Facebook/Meta

Birthday Fundraisers through Facebook/Meta

If your birthday is coming and you'd like to celebrate by doing a fundraiser for Joy Ranch, we would love to help (as well as we'd greatly appreciate it)! Due to the way Facebook/Meta is handling the disbursement of the funds generated through birthday fundraisers,...

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2023 Beach Trip

2023 Beach Trip

Joy Ranch children and staff enjoyed a recent trip to Myrtle Beach, SC thanks to the generosity Garden City Chapel and Retreat. We experienced fun activities, delicious treats, the ocean, pool, good food, and fellowship. Enjoy some of the many pictures we took!

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School days, school days…

School days, school days…

Our kids have been back to virtual school for a month or so now and it's going well. Here they are along with some of their current interests! Please pray for them as they work hard in their studies this year.Kaitlyn in the 8th grade this year. She loves baking and...

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Latest From Tales of a Houseparent Blog

A Problem with Sin

I have a Golden Retriever named Lucy. Lucy is pure joy and often makes me laugh. She’s a big, intelligent goofball. I’ve had a number of dogs over the years, and Lucy is definitely the most intelligent one I’ve had. Yet for all her brilliant moments, she is still a...

Answer to Prayer: Morelli Houseparents

We were so happy to have Liz & Nick Morelli, as well as their daughter Sophia, join our Joy Ranch family last fall! They are an answer to long years of prayer and wanted to share their story with you. Stay tuned to how they are seeing the kids at Joy Ranch grow in...

Please Remove Your Cap…

(Thank you to Bethany for sharing what she posted on Facebook on January 7, 2024) Today at church our Pastor said one of the most profound things I may have ever heard from a pulpit. He told a true story of a young man who was going to church, who hadn't been in a...

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.

Faith Funded

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.

About Us

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.

Phone: 276-236-5578

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813 Joy Ranch Road Woodlawn, VA 24381

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