Since 1966, the goal of Edgewood Children’s Ranch has been to help at-risk children and their families find hope. Our mission began when Orange County Juvenile Court Judge D. Arthur Yergey sought an option other than juvenile detention or confinement for young boys with disruptive behaviors. Judge 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 to establish a faith-based home and school where young people could safely heal and change the direction their lives are heading.
Our program began in a small house with two boys and a lot of faith and prayer. Dr. Jack Lynd and those boys prayed for their first meal because there was none at the time and God provided. Since our humble beginning, we continue to step out on faith and pray for the things that we need and God continues to move in people’s hearts to support the Ranch. Since 1966, our program has grown from helping two boys in a small house to being able to help up to 50 children and their families find hope for a better future.
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.