Changing the way America saves at-risk youth


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When one thinks of a Boys Ranch, they might think of a place where boys are locked up or kept in a room and controled by medications. This Christian-based organization believes in allowing boys a second chance in a structured farm family type of environment. Our belief is that Jesus always forgives, no matter what you have done in the past.

LUC Boys Ranch is located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in Southwest Missouri. We are changing the lives of at-risk boys in our Christian residential treatment program. Through the use of Biblical counseling and applying Christian principles in their lives, we are re-building broken homes and family relationships.

Our Mission is to not only change a young man's life, but impact him while he is here by teaching him the values of hard work, respectfulness, responsibility, honesty, and Christian values through our actions as staff members. We teach by being a loving example and modeling how the Bible can change anyone's life if we obey the Lord's commandments and do the things he has taught us to do. Doing the right thing is not always easy, but our Father in Heaven helps guide us through his Word, and we can find hope and love through Him if we do what he asks us to do.

Boys are able to find purpose and develop their talents by acquiring various trade skills, excelling in education, and feeling a part of the LUC family. Please join with us in helping these boys find lasting changes in their lives by becoming a donor, volunteer, or staff member. Please browse our web site for more detailed information on how we can work together to accomplish many goals! Come join us for a meal, call and schedule your appointment 417-779-5374. See for yourself!



Letter dated 12/14/2020
Five of our boys have reached their 18th birthday and were eligible to vote this year in the Presidential election. David and Marilyn, two volunteers who teach at the school, were a huge help in getting them registered to vote. JJ and David presented the boys with valuable information so they could make an informed decision. On election day, the boys loaded up with a couple of staff and headed to the voting area. When the election officials recognized they were from LUC, they quickly started telling others what wonderful work the boys do and made sure they knew what to do during the voting process. The boys cast their ballots and took another step toward understanding the importance of being a responsible citizen.


Every year, Silver Dollar City allows our boys to come and experience a day at their park and enjoy some time off Ranch. Each of them finds personal enjoyment in different ways. During our last visit, a few of our boys were reminded that they were kids at heart when they discovered they still enjoyed some of the "kiddie" rides. Others conquered their fears and rode various roller coasters. The youngest boy was thrilled he had grown tall enough to ride most of the roller coasters and giggled with delight as he rode them.

Psalm 107:1 says, "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." During dinner devotions one night, the speaker challenged the Ranch family to work together and create a list of 100 things they were grateful for. The boys' creativity went to work, and they completed a list within a couple of days. It was interesting to see the items chosen...everything from insects to moms and from soap to salvation. We truly have a lot to be grateful for during this special holiday time.

A Ranch graduate sent me the following email: "Dear Ken, I want to thank you so much for what you have done for me. Tonight, I have looked the devil in the eye and defeated him. Because of how you have prepared me, I saw through one of the most slick and clever plans the devil has laid before man. I simply turned and walked away. I cannot express the feeling of gratitude I feel towards you and the LUC program. Our living Lord has led me in the path that I should take, and I took it. Thank you! I love you, you are my brother, my friend, and the one who made me see the error of my ways. What I have today is because of my mother and you! May God bless you and keep you close to His heart."

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