Life at the Ranch

Soaring Wings Ranch currently has two homes for boys and two for girls which house 8 children in each home.  At completion, Soaring Wings Ranch will have a maximum of five homes for boys and five homes for girls.  The children live in each home with a full-time set of house parents who are committed Christian, married couples who have been “called” into this special work.

The goal of each home is to maintain an environment that offers each child a chance to develop into a confident young adult with a high degree of self-sufficiency, exemplary work ethic, a strong ethical base with a clear understanding of right and wrong, a team player mentality, and a biblical understanding of sin and forgiveness. In addition, they receive instruction in social skills, proper etiquette, and appropriate physical hygiene.

Spiritual Development

[quotes style=”modern” align=”center”]Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6[/quotes]

The driving force behind Soaring Wings Ranch is for each child to “soar on wings like eagles”. (Isaiah 40:31, NIV). This can only be accomplished with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

It is our belief that a healthy and complete life begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ. To this end each child will have the opportunity to come to know Jesus Christ personally through:

  • daily devotions in the homes
  • attending church with their Ranch family
  • participation in Young Life, FCA, summer camps, etc.
  • living in a Christian home and being around a Christian staff

The development of character is an integral part of life for the children and staff.  Daily home devotionals focus on developing character through the study of biblical principles and the lives of men and women in the Bible.

As a child demonstrates an interest in spiritual matters, Soaring Wings Ranch will provide a mentoring process in this area. House parents and staff will meet with the child regularly to develop this interest and nurture them.

Emotional Development

Children who come to Soaring Wings Ranch (and their families) have their own set of issues which precipitate their need for Soaring Wings Ranch. Each child will receive several pro-active levels of counseling concurrently:

  • weekly individual therapy
  • weekly group therapy in the house
  • family therapy with the child’s natural custodial family and extended family members whenever possible

If the child’s natural family shows initiative and puts forth effort to do so, they will receive support and training in parenting their child and in helping him/her establish healthy relationships with family and non-family members. Family counseling will be available only to families of children with potential to be reunited.

Physical Development

Soaring Wings Ranch will assist each child in developing a skill of their choosing. This will include such things as sports, martial arts, scouting, hiking, horseback riding, music, dance, etc. The emphasis will be on developing a skill that will last a lifetime.

Intellectual Development

Many children who come to Soaring Wings Ranch will be behind academically. Each child will have the opportunities he or she needs to improve their academic performance, which will aid in self-confidence.

The children at Soaring Wings Ranch attend the quality public schools available to us in our town. Upon arriving at Soaring Wings Ranch, each child is evaluated to determine if there are academic deficiencies. The children receive bi-weekly tutoring to help them overcome their academic challenges. When the Welcome Learning Counseling Center is completed, our children will have an on-site tutoring center fully equipped with a library, computers, and all necessary literature and equipment to aid in the learning process.