A Ray of Hope for Children, Youth, Young Adults, and Families
April 2019 Newsletter

One Life Poured Out
When the staff and volunteers of Youth for Christ began to dream of an organization that would serve troubled young men in this valley, they heard about a Youth for Christ program in Michigan--Michigan Teen Ranch. We were modeled after this successful program and opened our doors over 30 years ago. Through a mission deeply rooted in faith our values and principles remain the same and continue to guide our work.
For instance, faith teaches us that we are forgiven and that we always have hope in anything we go through, anything that is a challenge. This gift of forgiveness and hope is at the core of our journey with youth at the Ranch.
One of the Lead Supervisors at the Ranch is Bayon Harris who began his career in 2003 as a Child Care Worker. He is a good man and an integral part of VTR. Bayon is friendly, conscientious, and is always looking for ways to help the youth. We were at our staff retreat the other day and he said he was leaving to go back to the Ranch.  It was extra time in his workday, but the boys were getting out of school, and it was essential for him to check-in with them. Bayon loves his work. He could never imagine not being able to help these young men succeed.
Some of the youth we work with can be very difficult at times, but Bayon is successful at helping them through the art of balancing a good time with hard work. He has a great sense of humor, always has a smile on his face, and has a lot of fun with them. He also has earned their respect—many regard him as a father figure. 
Bayon and his staff guide our youth toward a fresh start. They help youth through opportunities in mental health care, outside experiences, education, skill sets for living independently, art therapy, team building, and more. Youth can allow their past to fall away and have hope for their future.
Easter is a time when we think about words like forgiveness and hope. It is a time when we look at the Bayons of the world and see the message of Easter—one life poured out for the many.  
So many of our boys stand at this threshold of change. Please consider your Easter Donation for the Ranch. You help us make the difference in these boys’ lives.
Bayon Harris, Lead Supervisor for House 1
For Easter

Donation for an Easter Dinner
Gift cards

Summer Activities

Support a youth for summer fun activities! For $25 you can support a youth to have quality time with family, special outings, and outside summer games.
ART Supplies
for the Ranch

Acrylic paints
Art pens
Color pencils
Please Consider a Donation
from our Wish List Below

Your donation benefits our youth in Transitional and Residential Care .
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Valley Teen Ranch
2610 W. Shaw Lane, Ste. 105
Fresno CA 93711-2775

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Thank You, United for Change
at Leprino Foods!
Andrea Evans, CEO was presented with a check for $500 by United For Change at
Leprino Foods. Michael More (Pictured last person on the right)Michael led the charge to collect much needed items for the Ranch such as; Stacks of toilet paper, paper towels, toiletries, pots and pan and more! Leprino Foods also donates $500 each year to our children. Thank you so much!
Resource Families Attend a Whimsical Journey at
The Jungle Book Performance!

Thank you to The Valley Performing Art Council for giving our Resource Families within our Foster Family Agency an opportunity to participate in the “Send Children to the Theatre” program for the performance of The Jungle Book. Participants enjoyed a lovely afternoon attending The Jungle Book on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The  State Street Ballet dancers took our families on a whimsical journey through the jungles and forests of India in Rudyard Kipling’s famous tale of the “laws of the jungle.”
"Every Kid is One Caring Adult Away
From Being a Success Story" - Josh Shipp
Statistically, Josh Shipp should be dead, in jail, or homeless. But his success as a preeminent author, speaker, and global youth empowerment expert is living proof of the power of One Caring Adult.  A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, Josh is renowned for the documentary TV series on A&E that followed his groundbreaking work with youth and families.

Could you be the One Caring Adult in a foster youth's life? Our Central Valley is always in need of Resource Families (AKA Foster Parents) to provide a loving and stable home for our most vulnerable foster youth. You can contact our Foster Family Agency to find out more information about how you can help at 559-437-1144 or email through this link Foster Family Agency