In 1975, a small group of concerned Lubbock area men opened Texas Boys Ranch on donated land east of the Lubbock airport between Lubbock and Idalou. These men were concerned about the growing need to help area young men who continued to make bad choices in their lives or who were in need of guidance and love they simply were unable to find in their home family. Since that time, Texas Boys Ranch has worked with boys and young men to give them a second chance when they needed it – sometimes a third or fourth chance. Unaffiliated with any other “ranches” in the South Plains, West Texas, or Panhandle regions of Texas, the Ranch suffered growing pains of its own in those early years.
In 1983, the Texas Boys Ranch Foundation was founded to help support the work of Texas Boys Ranch. The Texas Boys Ranch Foundation is challenged with the job of managing and growing the gifts and donations of its supporters in order to provide for long-term growth and stability of the Ranch. With your help, the help of so many folks who believe in helping young people, and the Lord’s blessings, the Texas Boys Ranch Foundation will continue its vital role of supporting this ministry far into the future.
The Texas Boys Ranch Board of Directors, in 1996, asked another long-time local child care agency to take over the operations and management of the Ranch. That agency was The Children’s Home of Lubbock. While the two organizations became sister agencies, there are major differences and separation between the two. Texas Boys Ranch has always kept its independence and ecumenical philosophy of operation and includes many different churches, community organizations, and individuals among its largest supporters.
While the Ranch maintained its independence and financial separation, the expertise, experience, and management abilities of its new sister agency began to reap benefits for Texas Boys Ranch. Today, Texas Boys Ranch is an excellent, stable, and viable campus program and facility that is impacting the lives of many young people on a day-to-day basis. Texas Boys Ranch has developed an outstanding reputation with local, county, and state agencies that are charged with helping the abused and neglected children of our area.