500 boys have completed the program, and the Ranch celebrates a
success rate of having over 92% of these boys not being in trouble with the
law after graduating. We are very pleased and thankful for seeing the lives
of these boys change into positive and productive young men. We believe
there are four basic parts to our program that are responsible for this high
success rate. They are the Christian
values and ethics that are taught and modeled, the emphasis on
education, the training the boys receive through
various skills, and the counseling
that they receive.
Even though LUC caters to helping boys within a 200-mile radius, boys
have come from over 20 different states. The rewards are tremendous when you
are able to witness a boy who comes from a gang situation, turn his life
over to Christ, and in 15 months returns home and invites his former gang
members over for a game of basketball and a Bible study.
Many of our graduates have enlisted in various military services and have
received high honors. Others report success in higher education and jobs
within their home communities. Graduates have become successful in
management, teaching, social work, lawyers, skilled trades, etc.
We have regular visits from graduates who bring their families back to a
place they once called home. They share the things that they learned while
at the Ranch and lessons that they have experienced in their lives since
they lived with the residents at LUC. Many boys just like to come back to
visit, have a hug, and hear the words "well done" or "keep trying, the Lord
will help you".
Statement of Faith: Lives Under Construction Ranch believes that the
Bible is the inspired Word of God which reveals the plan of Salvation
through a personal experience of faith in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of
Guidance: LUC provides the following as spiritual guidance to encourage
boys who have come to a point of desperation in their lives: daily Bible Studies, meal-time
devotions and praise, Bible memorization, personal study of the Word, and
attendance at various local Sunday school and worship services. Because the
Ranch is interdenominational, the staff uses the Bible as the handbook for
helping the boys each day with their needs and inspiration.
One KEY to a successful future is a good education, which is high on our
priority list. Our Education Coordinator discovers the boys' abilities and
together with the Blue Eye Public School system works at achieving academic
Without the benefit of a high school degree, they may find themselves on
the road to prison and/or welfare. These boys have a great deal of potential
that is kept locked within them
Our boys find that they are able to get excellent grades and discover
musical and artistic abilities that were never before realized. A positive
environment is essential for these boys. They need those who are willing to
put forth the effort to help them and provide the discipline they need to
complete the tasks. The boys who attend LUC each year reflect the harsh
reality of social-economic problems in the United States. Many of them come
to LUC having failed previous years in school and are behind in their grade
level. These boys have little hope of higher education or vocational
schooling when they arrive at the Ranch.
The individual backgrounds of boys reveal stories of personal loss,
criminal offenses, substance abuse, violence and aggression, chronic
truancy, disrespect for authority, self-destructive behavior, and other
emotional problems. The boys' unique needs require educational facilities
above and beyond what is currently available at the local public school.
With the help of many volunteers, we built an Academic Center that allows the boys better facilities to do their homework and
catch up to others in their grade level.
1. Christian Counseling
using Biblical principles. This is done in a clinical setting at various
times during the month; however, the most productive time that is done is on
a one-on-one basis during the day as staff interact with the boys. A lot of
different analogies can be made while the boys are playing, working,
resting, and eating.
2. Recreation is when the guys learn to interact and work together as a
3. Being accountable and taking responsibility for one's own actions
whether this is praise or consequences.
4. Caring for the needs of animals.
5. Participating in local outings where the boys can discover their
6. Families working together to strengthen their relationships
through LUC workshops and Family Counseling.