The Ranch teaches various trades such as
Small Engine Repair, etc.
This program teaches the boys to not only understand the basic vehicle
maintenance but also affords them the opportunity to repair different
aspects of a vehicle. Some boys are able to purchase a vehicle at a low cost
from this program and make the necessary repairs to make it operational to
drive on the road.
The carpentry program teaches safety and proper techniques in working
with power equipment. The boys learn many of the various aspects of
building because they are actively involved with hands-on training while
helping build on the Ranch premises. They learn the basics in pounding
nails, cement work, electrical, plumbing, and putting up walls and shingling.
Caring for animals is very therapeutic because it helps a boy realize
that a life is dependent upon him. Working on the farm offers wonderful
opportunities to demonstrate love while learning responsibilities. JJ can
be a stuborn mule! Boys have seen first-hand the wonderful miracle of birth.
They learn how to work with a stubborn animal that requires a lot of
patience and understanding.
Lawn Care & Landscaping
During the year, the boys help others with various types of jobs. Most of
these are mowing, weed-eating, and raking leaves. The boys use this income
for making personal purchases. They learn valuable skills, such as doing
their best, working for an honest wage, listening to instruction, safety in
the work place, and gaining self-respect when they are praised for a job
Helping to repair and maintain the road is one task that is learned.
Cooking & Housekeeping
Many boys receive a cooking certificate because they were able to make a
complete meal on their own. Boys learn various aspects of being able to care
for themselves once they leave the Ranch.
This is a trade that many of our boys desire to do. They make various
projects that they can sell or take home. These include barbecue grills in
the shape of a locomotive and tractor. The boys are very proud of their
creations made of scrap metal. They plan to market these to the general
public as they are able.