It all started when...
In 1994, Eagle Rock Boys' Ranch doors opened with the sole purpose to meet the enormous needs of young men who had experienced unspeakable abuse, neglect, and other extreme and impoverished conditions. Our boys come from a variety of backgrounds however, each of our boys have two things in common:
1. They are fearfully and wonderfully made by our
2. They can reach their potential for a productive life,
if given a chance.
It is our mission to reach these young men, who are headed down the wrong path in life, in order to help them redirect their lives - becoming happy, healthy, and productive men who serve God, and support their families. Our goal is to break the cycle that so often perpetuates through multiple generations within families. Without intervention and opportunity, statistics prove they will repeat the cycle of abuse, addiction, crime, and dependency upon governmental support. We strive daily to show them in tangible ways that THERE IS A BETTER WAY! Neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse have profound immediate and long-term effects on a young person's development.
- 3.3 million children witness violence in their homes every year.
- Children exposed to or who are victims of violence and abuse are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, suffer from depression, fail or have difficulty in school, and become delinquent and involved in criminal behaviors.
- Over 60% of individuals in rehabilitation programs report being abused or neglected.
- About 80% of 21 year olds that reported being victims of or exposed to abuse and violence growing up met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
- Abused and neglected teenagers are 3 times less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs and unplanned teenage pregnancies.
- They are at an increased risk of severe relationship difficulties.
- Neglect of a child includes lacking the provision of physical, mental, emotional, and/or educational needs.
- Physical neglect is the most frequently occurring type of neglect. This is the withholding of food, water, shelter, or other biological needs of a child.
- Physical neglect accounts for 51% of neglect cases.
- Educational neglect holds second place at 29% of all cases reported.
- Emotional neglect is not far behind at 20%.
Our boys are just like every other child in America. Our boys are just like your children. They have dreams and hopes. They are active in church, school, and sports. They love to play video games, watch TV, and hang out with their friends. They get excited and sometimes they get angry. They laugh and they cry. They get their hopes up and get their hearts broken. They live and they love. They crave attention from people, like you, who care, and they respond positively to that affection. Thank you for loving our boys. Thank you for saving their lives!
At Eagle Rock we place a sustained focus on relationship building, mentoring, tutoring and academic success, financial literacy, respect for God's creation and others, and stewardship. We accomplish our goals in a therapeutic environment that is conducive to healing; a place where our boys feel safe and unconditionally loved and accepted. We provide individualized case management, individual and group counseling, life-skills coaching, as well as the opportunity for spiritual development. We meet their most basic of needs such as food, transportation, clothing, toiletries, and shelter. We then GO THE EXTRA MILE and minister to their emotional needs. We know that given the opportunity, our boys can and will succeed in life. We cannot accomplish this enormous task without the support of our wonderful community.