Timeline

May 6, 2002

Soaring Wings Ranch was incorporated as a non-profit organization.

June 2002

Andrew and Marla Watson moved to Conway, Arkansas with $800 to begin work on Soaring Wings Ranch.

January 2003

Rik Sowell of Sowell & Russell Architects committed and designed house plans for the children’s homes.

February 2003

God closed the door on the first piece of property the Ranch strongly considered purchasing.

March 2003

Andrew found approximately 200 acres in Holland, Arkansas, and the Board of Directors began negotiations with the owners of the property. The land was secured with a $30,000 down payment with an 18-month option to purchase for $400,000.

April 2003

Tim Tyler Surveying committed all surveying and engineering for the future site development of the Ranch. Tim Tyler and Rik Sowell worked to develop the conceptual renderings of the Ranch campus.

The first In Flight newsletter was distributed to a small number of donors and people interested in the Ranch.

June 2003

Jim Hawks, owner of Tri-Con Builders, and subcontractors committed the labor for the first Girl’s Home.

July 11, 2003

The Soaring Wings Ranch office moved from the Watson’s home to the Tim Tyler Surveying Building in Conway, Arkansas.

August 2003

Billboards were donated by various billboard owners to help get the word out about Soaring Wings Ranch. The Ranch has billboards in prime locations throughout the state.

April 2004

Ridout Lumber Company of Searcy committed all the materials for first Girl’s Home.

Delk Construction Company of Bald Knob committed the Food and Clothing Center.

The second annual Soaring Wings Ranch Auction was held at the Doubletree Hotel. Approximately 350 people attended and $20,000 was raised.

October 2004

Oct. 6 — $217,000 remaining on the land with only 24 days to go.
Oct. 20 — $187,000 remaining.
Oct. 25 — $150,000 remaining with only 6 days to go.
Oct. 28 — $68,000 remaining.
Oct. 29 — $38,000 remaining.
Oct. 30 — $15,760 remaining. By 10:00 a.m., $400,000 — the total amount needed to purchase the land — was committed.

November 2004

Soaring Wings Ranch closed on the property. Mt.Vernon/Enola Water Board committed labor to dig and bury all water lines for the entire campus at no cost to the Ranch.

February 23, 2005

Charlie Weaver and Webco Mining Inc. committed ALL of the gravel needed for the roads. March 1, 2005 Carlton Burnett and Land Ex committed construction of the roads.

April 18, 2005

Mobley Contractors committed all culverts needed for SWR campus.

May 31, 2005

Entergy gave a $10,000 Development Grant to SWR.

June 17, 2005

1st Annual Golf Marathon raised over $40,000.

August 8, 2005

Beverly Strain Eads and Family committed $350,000 to SWR to build the Strain Home for boys in memory of Del Strain.

October 14, 2005

Vilonia Waterworks installed the water infrastructure for the SWR campus.

November 28, 2005

Construction began on the Ridout and Strain Homes.

April 28, 2007

SWR celebrated its Grand Opening with the First Annual Appreciation Day. Over 250 people were in attendance.

August 1, 2007

SWR welcomed its first children: a sibling group of three.

September 10, 2007

Crain Automotive Team in Conway donated our first 15-passenger van for transportation of our children.

April 25, 2008

Due to the generosity of Beverly Strain Eads and family, SWR built a Hospitality Home to be used for donors and out-of town guests, as well as a meeting place for Ranch staff and residents.

October 25, 2008

Dustin and Rachel Speer headed up the First Annual SWR Half Marathon. A team of sponsors, volunteers, and participants in the race helped to raise over $20,000 for the Ranch.

August 13, 2009

Chris Tomlin, Dove Award-winning Christian contemporary music artist, worship leader, and songwriter, performed a benefit concert for the Ranch, raising over $50,000.

And since…

God has continued to bless and provide as the Ranch has grown to serve the needs of more children throughout Arkansas. In order to continue along the path God has set before us, ongoing support is needed. Please consider becoming one of the Faithful 500, and supporting Soaring Wings Ranch each month through financial and prayer support.