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Hill Country Youth Ranch

Love One Another

aka Big Springs Ranch for Children   |   Ingram, TX   |  http://www.youth-ranch.org

Mission

Established in 1977, Hill Country Youth Ranch is a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable and educational organization dedicated to providing a safe, loving and life-enhancing environment for children with special emotional and developmental needs deriving from abuse, neglect, abandonment and other childhood traumas.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Krystle Ramsay

Main address

PO Box 67

Ingram, TX 78025 USA

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EIN

74-1907867

NTEE code info

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

Foster Care (P32)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are 30,000 children in foster care in Texas at any given time, and a shortage of places able to provide family-like residential treatment and care for the most severely traumatized children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HCYR Programs

Hill Country Youth Ranch – 1977 – 2022

Hill Country Youth Ranch (HCYR), established in 1977, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to provide long-term therapeutic care for abused and orphaned children at all service levels. HCYR offers a continuum of services ranging from psychiatric assessment and intensely structured care, to family-style living in spacious homes, to transitional living for emancipated youth in a community college setting. The Ranch operates three campuses in Ingram and Leakey, TX serving a population of 110 children plus 20 young adults at capacity.

Programs in the arts, horses and animal care, recreation, summer program and Christian education help children discover gifts, build skills and confidence, and serve as pathways of growth and healing from past trauma.

Award winning charter schools are incorporated into all 3 campuses and provide an excellent education for the children.



Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By creating a continuum of care for children and young adults ranging from intense psychiatric treatment to family-like homes for normalizing children, we are able to allow children to remain in the same family of caregivers as they heal from severe trauma and move to the least restrictive environment in which they can continue growing and healing safely, remaining as part of a family even through transition to adulthood.

We have built three campuses with spacious homes for up to 135 children and young adults at a time, ages 5 – 25. A wide variety of home settings allows for moving children into age-appropriate groups in spacious housing and with a broad array of programs through which their growth can be maximized. Charter schools on each campus promote strong academic recovery and advancement. This continuum of care with wrap around services allows us to continue working with children through various stages of healing without constant disruption. Children are able to move to different facilities within our campus and remain connected to the same family of caregivers.

We have great facilities and a professionally trained and certified staff capable of meeting the needs of each child who comes to us. Since its founding in 1977, the organization has continually built both facilities and developed staffing to reach a point of maturity in which we are adept at admitting children whom we can help through treatment, care and programming, with a goal of being family.

We have three licenses (Intense Psychiatric, Residential Treatment, and Residential Basic Care), plus accredited charter schools, all acclaimed throughout the state. We have become known as a model in Texas for providing a continuum of care that allows children to develop long-term authentic relationships with adults who know them through the ups and downs of growing up and become their forever family throughout life. We have recently added a license as a Child Placing Agency that allows us to develop community foster homes, oversee adoptions of children in care who can benefit from such a move, and begin caring for even younger children from birth to five years who need placement.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Hill Country Youth Ranch

Board of directors
as of 04/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brian Bowers

The Bank and Trust

Term: 2022 - 2024

Judy Wilson

Businesswoman

Jeeper Ragsdale

Owner, Camp Stewart for Boys

Philip Capps

Celonis

Brian Bowers

The Bank & Trust

Stephanie Miller

Entrepreneur

Jay Kelley

Attorney & CPA

Cheryl Sieker

HCYR Auxiliary President

Catherine Stumberg

Rancher, Community Leader

Louis Strohacker

Rancher

Kelly Fenner

Entrepreneur

Kyle Moore

Entrepreneur

Tammy Wheeldon

Broadway Bank, Trust Officer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/30/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/06/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.