The Arkansas Baptist Boys Ranch in Harrison is changing its name as part of an organizational restructuring.
The Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries board of trustees made the announcement during a board meeting Sept. 27 at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention building in Little Rock. The vote, following much discussion, was unanimous.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the Arkansas Baptist Boys Ranch will be known as the Arkansas Baptist Ranch to include ministry services to girls and sibling groups. The 400-acre Ranch will serve children and teens who simply need a place to live, children and teens with family conflict issues and children in need of guidance. Up to 32 children and teens can be cared for in four ranch-style homes, where they will live with houseparents.
“Over the last several years, our staff has noticed a gap in services to girls and sibling groups in Northwest and North Central Arkansas,” shared Charles Flynn, program director. “While the heart of the Ranch is not changing, our staff believes that providing additional services will help reunify and restore families that are in crisis.”
Opening the doors to girls and sibling groups marks a significant milestone in the rich heritage of the 29-year-old Ranch. Established in 1989 and located seven miles north of Harrison, the Ranch has provided a Christ-centered place of safety and security for hundreds of boys who have grown physically, emotionally, academically and spiritually.
The name change and program shift will allow the Ranch to receive privately placed children and sibling groups, as well as children and sibling groups placed by the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services. Other referrals will come from churches or concerned friends and family members.