Hill Country Youth Ranch

Love One Another

aka HCYR   |   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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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

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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 – 2020

History and Program Overview

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, listed below:

Hill Country Youth Ranch. A 45-building village spreads across 265 acres just west of Ingram. Three licensed programs provide services for children of all need levels in 10 residential settings, including two psychiatric assessment centers. Eight of the ten residences are family-style homes. Other facilities include charter schools (K – 12), chapel, library, fine arts complex, general store, ag barn, ropes course, gymnasium, community center, greenhouse, woodworking shop, indoor swimming pool, and community garden.

Big Springs Ranch for Children. The second campus was established on the 7000-acre Big Springs Ranch near Leakey, 48 miles west of Ingram, in 1996. In addition to residential facilities, grandparents cottages, and charter schools (K–12), the campus includes horse stables, a 4H barn, a vocational shop, a gymnasium, athletic fields, wilderness camping, transitional living houses, a general store, and a chapel – all set along the Frio River.

Enhanced Horizons Center for Advancement. In 2007, The Cailloux Foundation of Kerrville purchased a defunct children’s home campus formerly known as Star Ranch and donated it to Hill Country Youth Ranch to operate a transitional home and educational program for young adults who age out of foster care. Seven residences have been converted, providing apartments for up to 28 young adults. One of these residences provides housing and program support for single young mothers and their infants/toddlers.

Programs

HCYR operates four licensed programs: intensive psychiatric care (IPTP), residential treatment (RTC), basic care residential (GRO), and community foster care and adoption (CPA). Each child is assigned to a program according to his or her needs. Residents have live-in houseparents, except in the two psychiatric assessment units, which are staffed by shifts of childcare specialists. Expressive arts, experiential activities, and vocational programs are available to help each child find special gifts and motivation for involvement. Programs are often created to meet the needs or gifts of a single child.

The three HCYR campuses together provide a continuum of care for all service levels and ages, from infants (young mom’s program) to young adults up to 24 years of age. All three share a core mission of helping traumatized children and youth heal and learn in a family atmosphere. Each campus offers opportunities unique to that campus. Ingram is renowned for its work with the most severely traumatized children and for its broad array of services. BSRC provides an intergenerational village, with resident grandparents creating an extended family.

Education is a core value at all three campuses. Each minor resident must maintain satisfactory grades in a full-time school program. Young adults living at Enhanced Horizons must be enrolled in some form of post-high school education or job training program. The Brune, Cailloux and Najim Charter Schools provide individualized education for grades K – 12, and are renowned for a 100% graduation rate, ranking in the top 5% of Texas Charter Schools. HCYR Charter Schools are fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 11/6/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Judy Wilson

Local businesswoman & philanthropist

Term: 2012 - 2021

Sue Smith

Investments

Jack Cremin

Colonel, USAF, Retired

Judy Wilson

Businesswoman

Johnnie Hirst

President, Big Springs Ranch Auxiliary

Cynthia Moran

Businesswoman

Harold Buell

Owner, Fitness First Sports

Jeeper Ragsdale

Owner, Camp Stewart for Boys

Philip Capps

IBM

Judy Wright

President, HCYR Auxiliary

Brian Bowers

Community 1st Bank

Stuart Lohmeyer

Broadway Bank

Stephanie Miller

Entrepreneur

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/06/2020

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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

 

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.