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The Ranch's New Direction
Many years ago, an idea was conceived to design a program that would provide a home for at risk, troubled and homeless boys in Maryland. In 1974, through the hard work and dedication of the Maryland Sheriffs' Association and other individuals, the Maryland Sheriffs' Youth Ranch was formed. Hundreds of boys lived at the Ranch over the last 41 years. Some went on to graduate college, others went into the military, and some even returned to work at the Ranch, to provide guidance and counseling to the younger boys.
Over the last four years, the State of Maryland referred fewer and fewer boys to the Ranch, opting instead for foster homes. As a result, and with much sadness, a decision was made by the Board of Directors to close the Ranch on June 19, 2015.
The Interim Director, Linda Clark, and the Board have worked diligently to determine how the Ranch could best continue to maintain it's original goal of providing assistance to young boys in need. After much research, it was decided that the greatest issue that our youth faced was that of drug and alcohol addiction and the need for longer treatment and more facilities. This need was confirmed with the release of Lieutenant Governor, Boyd K. Rutherford's Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force report.
Currently in the State of Maryland, there are only 118 beds for adolescent impatient care. Many of these boys come out of inpatient care and are not ready to return home. The Ranch wants to help them attain success in their recovery from substance abuse by offering them a place where they can come to receive additional therapy until they are ready to return to their homes and communities. Additionally, many youth are having to be sent to facilities out of state, because of the lack of facilities in Maryland. Our facility will give families the opportunity to be a part of counseling, something that is difficult when sending a child out of the state.
To that end, we are going to reopen our group home for youth that have issues with drug and alcohol addiction. We will be partnering with a local counseling group, Crossroads Center of Frederick, that will be providing Intensive Outpatient Therapy to our residents. The Ranch will open with 16 beds the first year, increasing to 24 the second year, and 32 the third year. In our second year, we plan to open an Education Center that will be available to the community. This center will provide information on drug and alcohol awareness and prevention. We also plan to have a pool of mentors that will be assigned to the residents, and will work with them as they transition back home to their communities.
We are excited about our new direction. Senators, delegates and other state officials have visited the Ranch, and have been extremely supportive of our new plans. We will be taking our 41 years of experience and knowledge and bringing it to this new venture.
We currently are in the process of fundraising. We need to raise a large sum of money to get our facility up and running. Money is needed for hiring costs, advertising, promotional materials, minor maintenance to our facility, and new furnishings. Please consider making a donation to help fund the start-up of this new program which is so needed in the State of Maryland. Unlike our last program that was funded by the State of Maryland, the resident's stay will be entirely privately paid by parents. We hope to have scholarships from our faithful donors to help with families that cannot afford the entire cost.
An Ending and New Beginning
After 41 Years Of Service the Maryland Sheriffs' Youth Ranch Is Ending Its Residential Program
The Maryland Sheriffs' Youth Ranch opened its doors in 1974 through the generous support of the Maryland Sheriffs. It began on a small farm in Western Maryland. In 1979, Sheriff Don Barnes began work to bring the Ranch to its present location in Frederick County. After 41 years in continual operation it is with a mix of emotions that the Maryland Sheriffs' Youth Ranch announces that it will be suspending its current residential operations for boys as of June 19th, 2015. Over the years, hundreds of boys have benefitted from the residential program offered by the Ranch. This has included a combination of therapy, education, guidance, and health and mental wellness assistance. By virtue of its dedicated staff and support of a caring community, the Ranch has been widely recognized for its superior program, which has been continually rated in the top percentile of similar institutions. The Ranch takes pride in its success in helping many challenged youth become productive members of their communities.
However, the State of Maryland has had a significant shift in its approach to care regarding “at risk youth”. In July of 2007, the state started their Place Matters initiative. This initiative’s central tenant is that children are best served in their homes. Over the past eight years, the number of children placed in group homes has been cut by two thirds. While the Ranch is strongly in favor of children successfully returning to their homes and families, it is important that there are supportive services in those communities to which they have returned.
Given the new landscape of social services in Maryland, the Ranch wants to ensure that we will continue with our mission to assist youth in becoming productive members of society. Throughout this time of change, we are committed to keeping the community and our supporters informed as to our new direction. In the coming months, the Ranch will be evaluating how best to continue to serve this mission. We will be working with our supporters, the community, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Juvenile Services, and other organizations to bring the Ranch’s commitment to excellence to the task of reaching out and helping those in need.
We want to thank the community that has supported our efforts over the past 40 years. While it may be tempting to be saddened by the change with which we are currently faced, we are excited for the future. Through the community’s unwavering support, we have been able to change the lives of many young men. With your sustained support, the Ranch will continue to support those in need far into the future