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Healing Begins Here: Meet IYR’s Intake & Referral Coordinator

What happens when a hurting teen or a struggling parent calls the Idaho Youth Ranch for help? They need relief, hope, and answers. IYR’s amazing Sara Nord fills the critical role of first responder to kids and families in crisis. She helps sort out what the core issues are and…

Janelle Eckhardt, Ph.D.

100,000+ Free Books for Idaho Kids

Education is so critical to future success in life that an early love of learning, especially reading, is one of the biggest advantages a child can have. To make sure as many Idaho kids as possible get that opportunity, the Idaho Youth Ranch launched a new literacy program called “Ranch…

It’s Never too Late to Say Thank You

Last month we received this heartfelt letter from a young man who stayed at Hays Shelter Home with his sister more than a year ago. They had been living on the street. When they first came to Hays, they didn't know what to make of being in IYR's care and…

Daisy the Dog Blossoms at Anchor House

At Anchor House, we’ve helped many a teenager turn his life around, even some who came to us a last resort, after other agencies had given up. On paper, some of these boys looked like lost causes, but given a chance, their stories turned from tragedies to triumphs. Anchor House’s…

Braving the Waters

Neglected, abondoned or abused kids often don't get to have the kind of childhood experiences that most of us take for granted. Like playing catch, learning how to ride a bike, or learning how to swim. One sunny day last summer at the Ivywild Pool, the Hays Shelter Home kids…

Opening Hearts and Minds With Metaphors

The well-practiced professionals on IYR’s Family Counseling staff know that patience, empathy, and especially creativity are keys to helping clients break old patterns and create true change in their lives. Senior Clinician Mai Provencio was working with a family who seemed stuck in their struggles with each other, until she…

The Trees That Keep on Giving

Christmas was made a lot brighter this year for Idaho kids and families, thanks to the many big-hearted people and businesses behind IYR’s annual “Giving Tree” gift drive. Each December, special Christmas trees are hosted and displayed at Old Navy stores in Boise, Meridian, and Nampa and Toy Town in…

The Rewards of Not Giving Up

Teenage drug abuse is a daunting obstacle to overcome. Getting to the other side takes personal courage along with solid support from the caring adults who intervene to help. That's why when a boy’s life goes from perilous to promising, it’s cause for celebration. Not only for him but also…

Sharing the Birthday Love with Idaho Kids

One of our generous supporters just came up with a creative, 21st century way to celebrate his birthday—by being philanthropic. His birthday is today, December 18. Because he knows so many Facebook friends and expects to receive lots of FB messages on his wall, here’s what he posted this morning:…

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