St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves all abused, abandoned and neglected children and families by creating new chances, new choices and new hope in a safe homelike environment.
Who We Are & What We Do
Established in 1966 in Boulder City, Nevada just outside of Las Vegas, the Ranch has provided home and healing to more than 1,000 children. In the 1990’s, St. Jude’s Ranch acquired two additional campuses in Bulverde, Texas and New Braunfels, Texas.
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is licensed by state child protective services agencies to care for approximately 140 children ranging in age from infancy to 21 years old. Approximately 60% of our children have been physically abused, 40% sexually abused, many both physically and sexually abused, and all have been neglected. They arrive at the Ranch only with the clothes they are wearing. Not even a toothbrush or a comb. Some of the infants even arrive without socks.
All of the children are wards of the state. The respective state Child Protective Services agencies have determined that where the children were living was unsafe and so the children were removed and placed in the legal custody of the state. St. Jude’s Ranch has physical custody of the children.
Our Successful Programs
SIBLING GROUPS: We keep large sibling groups together – at one point in Nevada we had two siblings groups of seven brothers and sisters each. It is often difficult, if not impossible, for a traditional foster home to care for more than three siblings. More than 50% of our children in care have at least one sibling with them. St. Jude’s Ranch is the only child care provider that offers this program in Southern Nevada. This sibling program is established with Texas, as well.
PREGNANT & PARENTING TEENS: In May 2009, we established the only long-term residential program in Southern Nevada for ages 10-17 years old and their babies. One juvenile court judge told us he keeps these girls in jail so they will be safe, be fed, go to school and have medical attention.
The Pregnant & Parenting Teen Program keeps teen mom and baby together, preserving their little family unit by giving them a safe place to live, provide and teach proper nutrition, receive prenatal care, continue their education, learn parenting skills, learn job skills and simply learn how to be good moms. No one ever showed them.
TRANSITIONAL LIVING: We work with youth ages 15 – 21 years old to prepare them to live on their own in this therapeutic program where they learn independent living skills so they are productive, wage-earning members of the community when they leave us. For example, they are taught how to apply to college, how to get a job and keep a job, how to open a bank account and write checks, budget, grocery shop and how to cook.
EARLY HEAD START: In Fall 2010, we have opened an on-campus program for ages infant to 3 years old with our community partner, the Sunrise Children’s Foundation. The program will provide services to the babies of the new teen moms, as well as to the youngest campus residents.
INDEPENDENT LIVING: In the third quarter of 2010, we received a $1.3M grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and a $2M grant from Clark County. This $3.3M combined grant provides the funds to not only build the facility but also includes two years of operating expense!
This facility will meet another critically unmet need for young adults in Southern Nevada in need of supportive housing services – completing high school, learning job skills to apply for, get and keep a job, receiving medical and mental health services, having temporary housing for nine to 12 months while they get on their feet, and ultimately find permanent housing. No other agency in Southern Nevada has a program like it.
We are hoping to break ground in early 2011. Construction is slated to take nine months and so we are targeting our first residents to be in their new homes by the end of 2011.
St. Jude’s Ranch will once again help where we are needed the most, and continue to serve the continuum of care.
Your Investment In Our Kids
- We have a 100% graduation rate
- Many of our kids go on to college
- Over 80% of every dollar goes directly to the care of our kids. Our current retention ratio is 83/22. (National averages for a well run nonprofit is 60/40. United Way says 74/25 is a well run nonprofit. We are exceeding all National averages and goals.)
The state and county agencies only reimburse the Ranch for about 30% of the actual cost it takes to care for a child. We must fundraise the additional 70%! We need your help to do that! Here’s how you can help:
SPONSORSHIPS: Sponsor a home or a child; for a week, a month, a year or beyond or sponsor a Signature Event.
WISH LISTS / DONATIONS: Donations are critical to us in supporting our children and families, especially in these difficult economic times. We supply everything for our homes and children including: appliances, house wares, home decor, furniture, beds and bedding, clothing, undergarments and accessories, shoes, toiletries, paper goods and supplies, office supplies, school supplies. Wish Lists are available upon request and are posted on our website.
VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are our lifesavers! A volunteer group can get more done in a matter of hours what might take us months to accomplish. With over 40 acres of land, 10 homes and multiple other buildings, we need help with lots and lots of chores. From light landscaping and yard work to maintenance and donation sorting. We have opportunities available for individuals or can accommodate large groups of 200 or more. There’s plenty to do…so come on out and lend a hand!
RECYCLED CARD PROJECT: Donate used greeting cards to our Recycled Card Project, or PURCHASE cards from our card project and support our kids’ for years to come. Kid’s Corp. is our child managed and run program that operates our Recycled Card Project. Our older teenagers, who are a part of our Transitional Living program, work with our volunteers to sort, cut, prep and process the thousands of used greeting cards we receive from all over the country. Then they glue and process the cards, recycling them into “New” cards that they resell in our Gift Shop and online on our website.
CAMPBELL SOUP LABEL PROJECT: If we collect enough labels and turn them in, we can get playground equipment, school supplies and even a Mini Van! See our website for more details.
GENERAL MILLS BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
VIRAL CAMPAIGNING and SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING: Be our online Street Team! Help us get the word out through Email, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, You Tube and other viral outlets.
- Get your friends to be our friends/fans on Facebook!
- VOTE for us in online contests
- Twitter about volunteering at our campus
- Share events and invitations with colleagues, friends and family