50 Years of Making A Lasting Difference
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. more...
a Christian Home for Children
Nestled in the Heart of the Blue Ridge
The Joy Ranch campus has five ranch-style cottages, a gymnasium, administrative offices, a recreation facility, soccer field and ball diamond. more...
His children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26
Joy Ranch Mission Statement
To provide a welcoming, safe, caring, and Christ-centered environment to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of children and their families in crisis. more...
JOY RANCH, A CHRISTIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN is a safe haven and residential program for children in crisis. Our admissions are decided on a case by case basis. We take into consideration the appropriateness of each child for our program by looking at their needs and availability of space in the cottages. We accept private referrals of children in need as well as children in custody of the state for either long term or emergency placement.
RESIDENTIAL CARE. Joy Ranch is committed to a family-based orientation and family-life atmosphere in the treatment of children. The mission and objectives of all programs at Joy Ranch is to bring wholeness and wellness to the child and his or her family. Residential care is provided for dependent and needy children ages 5 – 17 who require placement because of death, tragedy, abuse, neglect, or other unsatisfactory or necessitating family situations. The staff of Joy Ranch moves forward with one goal- to change a child for Christ.
LIFE AT JOY RANCH. Children live in ranch-style cottages staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by loving, committed caring Christians. Staff and children share meals and participate in activities in a family setting. Daily expectations of youth include good personal hygiene, chores, preparation of meals, appropriate relationships, and school attendance. Joy Ranch children also take part in many other events, including church and community service related outings.
FUNDED BY FAITH. 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.
When We Love is our latest Animoto Video. The title comes from the lyrics of the featured song "Kings and Queens" by Audio Adrenaline. Truly, "boys become kings, and girls will be queens... when we love." You are encouraged to share this video on social media sites, and at your church.
Live Nativity at Joy Ranch
Our Christmas Card to the Community
Saturday, December 13, 6 - 8 pm
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