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After many years of prayer and preparation, Pastor Perry Black founded Second Chance Youth Ranch in 2005.   "The Ranch" is a Faith-based program designed for youth in foster care who are needing a safe, stable, home-like environment. Second Chance Ranch is a licensed residential child care facility through the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Current capacity is 21 youth in residential group homes with the typical age range being 10 to 21 years. Living at The Ranch provides children with an authentic experience designed to help youth find themselves and families discover their children—restoring the individual and reunifying the individual and family. Students attend a local church, teen programs and summer camps. They are encouraged by house parents and staff to apply spiritual growth principles in their daily lives. Youth who come to Second Chance Youth Ranch will receive therapeutic services to help them heal from any past traumas, if applicable.

Based on a group home model, all residents live in a “bunk house” with other youth and their live-in-house parents. To foster consistency, trust and relationship, each bunk house is assigned one set of house parents—creating the most stable home like environment possible. In addition, each bunk house has an assigned set of relief house parents. Frequently for the youth we serve “home” has been a chaotic, uncertain place. At Second Chance Ranch our youth not only know who their care giver is but are assured their care giver will be there tomorrow. This team approach also extends to our support staff with each bunk house being assigned a social worker/therapist, case manager, and volunteer mentor. This staff forms the core clinical team working with the youth and family.

Our philosophy is that day to day activities (i.e., chores, recreation, school, peer interactions, “family” interactions, etc.) can and are a means of effecting change in a young person’s life by teaching discipline, personal worth, confidence, service, respect, dignity, integrity, and a strong work ethic. At Second Chance Ranch the youth are taught that challenges are no longer obstacles, but stepping stones to achievement.

Blending traditional values with modern therapeutic techniques, Second Chance Ranch provides a caring home for youth facing difficult situations and choices.  If you would like to learn more about Second Chance Youth Ranch, please visit their website at www.2cyr.org