Florida Rancher Rancher Winter 2017 : Page 3

hearts that they are destined to become famous. They say that when they become rich, they will help support the Youth Ranches. Each time I hear this, I just smile and say, “I am going to hold you to that promise one day, when you make it big!” Over the last 60 years, thousands of children have come through our doors, either in our residential programs or camps, all with big plans. Some even had very detailed plans about how their lives would be as adults. For the most part, the children I have gotten to know during my 32 years have not lived the lives of their original plans, but that does not mean that the lives they are living are not successful or grand. A young boy who planned to become a doctor became a medic in the Army. A plan of an acting and dance career turned into a small-business owner. A plan to go to law school turned into an MBA and becoming a successful insurance broker. A plan to play in the NFL became a world-famous wrestling career. The list continues to grow. Within the past 60 years, our children have become parents and grandparents. They have provided to their children and grandchildren what many of them never had until they arrived at the Youth Ranches: a stable and loving home, a home where children feel secure in the knowledge that Mom and Pop are there for them. A home where life plans and big dreams are always encouraged. For the past 60 years, you – our donors, supporters, Sheriffs and others – have made it possible for our children to have a home, a place where opportunities abound and children are encouraged to build upon their dreams. While their lives might not always match their early childhood plans, they do turn out, for the most part, really, really well! God bless, Quotes & Notes Thank you very much for all you do. My children had a great time and are ready to go back to summer camp! My son is 15 now and wants to be a counselor in training next year and his sister just wants to go. They came home with positive attitudes towards law enforcement. When they left they were afraid they would be picked up and go to jail and that police took kids from their parents. I have custody of them from a DV situation when they were 5 & 7 and were threatened that the police were bad. It has been a struggle to make them think other wise, but this experience was every enlightening and great for them. Thank you so much. Thanks again and GOD Bless you. ~ A Thankful Mom Editor’s Note: These are just a few of the notes we receive LQWKHPDLO&#0f;)DFHERRNRUIURPRXUZHEVLWHɆ www.youthranches.org. Minor adjustments may be made for clarity within the content, but the context remains the same. Bill Frye THE RANCHER  CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF SERVICE  WINTER 2017  3

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Thank you very much for a ll you do. My children had a great time and are ready to go back to summer camp! My son is 15 now and wants to be a counselor in training next year and his sister just wants to go. They came home with positive attitudes towards law enforcement. When they left they were afraid they would be picked up and go to jail and that police took kids from their parents. I have custody of them from a DV situation when they were 5 & 7 and were threatened that the police were bad. It has been a struggle to make them think otherwise, but this experience was every enlightening and great for them. Thank you so much. Thanks again and GOD Bless you.

~ A Thankful Mom

Editor’s Note: These are just a few of the notes we receive in the mail, Facebook or from ourwebsite — www.youthranches.org.

Minor adjustments may be made for clarity within the content, but the context remains the same.

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