Exciting Fall News!

Fall is Here

Greetings from The Ranch! It’s hard to believe that the season of going back to school and crunchy, falling leaves is almost upon us. As we launch into the Fall season, there is much to be thankful for and excited about!

Development versus Only A Relief Focus

The Ranch is a such a unique organization since we primarily focus on providing development and prevention instead of just providing relief. To delve into this further, many organizations focus on a catastrophe, event or happening that has occurred and react to it. This could be an act of God, such as a tornado or a flood, or a life event, such as a divorce, death, abandonment, drug addiction etc. While The Ranch does provide relief services to children at risk, we focus  greatly on development and prevention programming.

Development and prevention play into our three main goals at The Ranch of: Breaking Cycles, Building Leaders and Transforming Communities. If a child has been born into an abusive home full of drugs, alcohol and poverty they are not equipped with the mentoring, skills and leadership they need in order to become successful, educated adults. This is where we step in. The Ranch is able to provide valuable faith-based leadership skills, educational programs, financial literacy training and much more to youth who likely never would have learned these skills from the home they were born into.

Equipping the Next Generation

By equipping the next generation, The Ranch is helping prevent troubled youth from becoming un-educated, violent, abusive, drug-addicted adults. This investment saves resources, money and time to our society by keeping them out of prisons, rehab facilities and therapy. And, most importantly, it equips them with the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and prepares them to give back to their communities, lead their families and teach the next generation. This new growth cycle creates stable societies, strong communities and well-equipped leaders.

How Can I Help Build Leaders This Fall?

How can you promote the development of youth at risk in your community this Fall? We have three upcoming events that you should be sure to take note of:

Wild Boar Challenge

A fun obstacle race course at The Ranch that directly supports youth at risk while providing a unique challenge to you and your friends through our tremendously scenic, 400-acre grounds. This is an incredibly awesome event you will not want to miss out on!

Date: Saturday Morning, September 22 at 9:30 AM.

Place: Wildwood Hills Ranch in St. Charles, Iowa

Details/Tickets Here:


“A Father to the Fatherless” Fall Banquet

A wonderful faith-filled night full of listening to inspirational keynote speaker, Chris Norton (chrisnorton.org), learning more about The Ranch and enjoying a delicious meal at Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston while surrounded by many influential, Christ-centered individuals.

Date: Thursday Evening, October 18 from 6PM-8PM.

Place: Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston

Tickets: $30 per person, or $250 for a table of 10. Details/Tickets Here:


Quad Cities “Wild About the Child Barn Dance”

A sell-out event featuring a night full of entertainment, food, beverages and one-of-a-kind auction items n Quad Cities. The event takes place in a rustic, barn-like setting and is well worth the drive from The Des Moines Area.

Date: Saturday Evening, November 3 at 6PM.

Place: Veritas Stables, Davenport

Details/Tickets Here:


“Foundations For Foundations” Banquet

By Midwest Basement Systems Charitable Foundation – The evening will be full of amazing food and wine. We will hear from each organization they are helping to support: Wildwood Hills Ranch, The Miracle League of Ankeny and The Children’s Cancer Connection.

Date: Friday Evening, October 19 at 6PM.

Place: Scottish Rite Consistory

Details/Tickets Here:


We hope to see you at one or all of these events and share more news about what is happening around The Ranch! May God bless you and your family as you prepare for the Fall season.