“Speak up for the people who can not speak out themselves, for the rights of the oppressed. Speak out for justice, for those who are suffering and are in need.”
We believe that as Christians, we are called to love and care for the vulnerable and the hurting. Joy Ranch strives to serve some of the most vulnerable amongst us – children in crisis – through providing a safe home built on Christ’s love.
A Glance at Our Communties
The rate of children entering foster care in our surrounding communities is approximately 3 times higher than the state average.
Around half of the children in our region live at or below the poverty level, meaning basic needs such as food, safe housing, transportation, and healthcare are left unmet.
Joy Ranch seeks to help meet the needs of children in our communities through providing a safe, caring, Christ-centered home for children in need due to poverty, lack of resources, abuse, neglect, and other necessitating factors.
National Rate of Kids Entering Foster Care
Rate of Kids Entering Foster Care in Southwest VA
Children living below poverty line in our area
Teens who will age out of foster care in Virginia
Virginia leads the nation in teens aging out of foster care
Aging out’ refers to those in foster care who have not found a permanent home by their 18th birthday. Virginia repeatedly ranks amongst the highest in the nation for children who age out of the foster care system. Teens who age out face difficult odds: 1 in 4 wind up incarcerated, 1 in 5 become homeless, 2 in 5 drop out of high school and 71% become parents by age 21.