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.
The Ranch was my home for 2 years as a child. Looking back I can see the impact that the Ranch had on my life. I am forever grateful that the Lord provided this temporary home to save me from my environment. I am blessed to have the opportunity to come back and serve at the Ranch and ensure its mission is fulfilled.
Chad A. Barr
Before Edgewood Ranch, I was running with the wrong crowd, I had a 1.5 GPA in school and I got into a lot of fights. During my two years at the Ranch, I earned the Rancher of the Year award and I graduated from High School with a 3.5 GPA. I am now looking toward a bright future because of the staff that poured into my life. Maybe I will be the next Ranch Director.
Edgewood has been one of the biggest factors in the success of my life. Before the Ranch, I was getting ready to go into the Juvenile detention center. I was fighting with my family and I was on an extremely bad path. I'm blessed to have a beautiful family, a company I have run for 20+ years and I am now the new Ranch Director. The Ranch has helped make this possible.