Father’s Heart Ranch, CA February & March 2019

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We spent 2 wonderful months at this needy ministry in the Coachella Valley in southern CA. It is a residential home for abused and neglected boys ages 6-12 years old. Many of the boys have seen more trials, and heartache in their few short, young lives than any of us see in a lifetime. There are 4 dorm/houses with 4-6 boys each. A house parent is with them all the time while they are on property. They have a big back yard with multiple types of playground equipment for their exercise needs. Fathers Heart Ranch has a loving, dedicated, patient staff that watch out for the boys, encourage positive behavior and let them know they are loved by each other, staff and by God!

The resident boys stay for a month or so up to years, until they reach 13 years old, at which time they move to another residential site better equipped to handle their growing needs.

We were blessed to see the kids most days as they played in an around the dining hall, where Jenny worked most of the time and around the playground. Some of the boys got to know us and would come and give us hugs or greetings and high fives!

Don spent the majority of his time in and around the 4 group homes and cafeteria repairing their rooms, adding walls, doors and benches. Don had the blessing of interacting with many of the boys each day. He shared hugs and smiles with them!

Boys playing with house parents in the cafeteria at Father’s Heart Ranch
Jenny and Marilyn worked in the kitchen preparing meals for the boys.
Don repairing a desk for the boys.
Don and Fred installing doors in the group houses.
We had the pleasure of serving with Fred and Marilyn Reid in February.
Don building a dining bench for one of the group homes.
Jenny making after school snack bags for the boys.

We thoroughly enjoyed our two months at Father’s Heart Ranch, near Desert Hot Springs, CA. God willing we want to go back in the future to serve their needs and love on the boys!!