Our mission began in 1966, when Orange County Juvenile Court Judge D. Arthur Yergey sought an option other than detention or confinement for young boys with disruptive behaviors. Yergey’s vision coincided with the passion of John W. “Jack” Lynd whose years of working with troubled children led him to a similar vision – establish a faith-based home and school where young people could safely heal. A subsequent donation of 110 pristine lakefront acres by Orlando benefactor Minnie Rouse resulted in the development of a permanent home for the Ranch. Over the years the Ranch has expanded to include eight residential cottages capable of housing eight children each, an educational wing, a gymnasium, swimming pool, baseball diamond, tennis courts and administrative offices in addition to open fields and lakefront vistas.


Edgewood Ranch has had an impact on so many lives in Central Florida since it started in 1966. Read some of the stories of a few of our past Ranchers.