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Hope is Always What You Do

Hope is Always What You Do

The above quote by Ann Voskamp sums up 2020 for so many of us. In spite of the difficulties and uncertainties of this year, we continue to press forward in hope. Perhaps no one better demonstrates this than the kids we serve. They come from backgrounds of pain, heartache, neglect, and abuse. And yet when they arrive at their new homes, (Big Oak Ranch, Still Creek Ranch, Palmer Home, and Homes of Hope) they learn to trust again. They gain a new family and learn that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and will never leave them. This is the basis of hope. It is our privilege to come along side these children's homes and echo this beautiful...

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Introducing Our New Life Skills Classes

Introducing Our New Life Skills Classes

On River Time is thrilled to partner with Big Oak Ranch in support of their new "Ascend" program which serves former ranch kids who are now freshmen and sophomores in college. We have just concluded five weeks of "Life Skills" programming, designed to prepare these students for their future as successful adults. Our new "Life Skills" classes include topics such as interview skills, public speaking, etiquette, and business ethics. The highlight, though, was a trip to Earthborn Pottery, where owner, Tena Payne, showed the kids how to throw on the wheel and talked to them about hard work, patience, and persistence in art and life. Read below the excerpt from Ascend's director, Kelli Croyle, as she describes how that visit gave one...

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