Land donation helps foundation expand their reach

Land donated for childrens home for life ranch

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 organization now has the chance to expand their reach.

The Children's Home for Life Foundation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 157 acres of land donated to them.

Children's Home for Life Foundation Chairman Tony Stout said many of the children they take in have gone through the juvenile court system, come from broken homes or their families simply want them to get help from the organization.

Stout says the children sometimes arrive without proper clothing.

Employees from Lowe's in Paragould were on hand to donate materials and manpower in the process to renovate the farmhouse on the land.

"I've been waiting 35 years to see this happen," Stout said. "Seeing that there's no place for children to go, there's no resource there. When you talk to DCFS or DHS personnel, they're extremely limited with their resources. They don't have beds for kids, let alone good Christian homes for them to go to. Day in and day out of sitting in those courtrooms it became painfully positive that we needed to try to be part of the solution."

Sixteen-year-old Timothy Davis is one of the boys the ranch has taken in, he's been with the foundation for two months and says this experience has positively changed his life.

"A while back I thought nobody ever cared and I just wanted to give up," Davis said. "Him stepping up has really helped me a lot and it's built my confidence up to where now I don't want to give up anymore. Now, I see that I do have a future ahead of me."

Future plans for the site were unveiled at the ribbon cutting.

Stout says they plan to eventually house up to 120 children in 12 homes on the property, eight for boys and four for girls.

Stout also says they have plans to build a new barn and stable as well as a chapel and school on the property.

Furthermore, they have plans to open a Christian school in Brookland on Aug. 29.

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