Promising Futures for Tomorrow's Leaders

Courage is a heart word. The root of the word is cor –the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant, “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”

Courage is the heart of the Idaho Youth Ranch. It took courage for Rev. Crowe to set out on his bold vision of a healing ranch to help wayward boys. It took courage in the 1980s to see the need for a sustainable means of funding the ranch. It was through that courage and leadership that we grew from ranch in Rupert Idaho, to a state wide resource for Idaho's most vulnerable youth with out-patient resources in northern and southern Idaho, our residential treatment facilities at Hays House and the Ranch, and our 29 thrift stores around the state to help insure sustainability for decades to come.

Leadership takes courage. I’ve had the good fortune to meet many successful leaders and business owners during my career. It’s takes hard work and perseverance to face the ups and downs that come with building a successful enterprise. Leaders know what it takes to face their fears and keep going when things get tough. In getting to know leaders, I have learned that most of them have faced adversity during their life and they received some kind of help along the way that made a difference. That’s why I can’t think of a better group of people to understand the courage these kids must muster to transform their lives, and understand the high calling of helping these kids become self-sufficient and contributing citizens.

I’m inviting you to join me and other leaders who have decided to give generously from the heart and help most the vulnerable kids in our communities make courageous transformations in their lives. Most leaders, myself included, were fortunate to receive the helping hand they needed when the cards were stacked against them. That helping hand set me on a path to a promising future, and that’s why I’m a Courage Club member. Yes, I also donate a lot of stuff to the Youth Ranch thrift stores, but I also know that the money earned from the stores cannot support all of the services these kids need. Won’t you join me and match my $2,000 annual contribution to support the operation of services at the new Ranch? Together, the leaders of today can come together and provide promising futures for the leadership of tomorrow.

Richard C. Alis
President & Chief Operating Officer, Idaho Youth Ranch