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Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches

It's easier to build boys and girls than to repair men and women.


The mission of the Ranches is to provide Christian, family-style residential homes for Alabama's at-risk children and youth in an atmosphere where they may grow spiritually and physically into productive, responsible, and happy adults.

"I am very thankful for the [Colbert County Girls Ranch] and all that they've done for me. It is just one big family - I love it! They have made me a better person by loving me as I am and allowing me to become the person they knew I was capable of becoming."  - C. 

"I'm thankful for the ranch because, even though I have graduated and moved away, the lessons I learned there and the new life I gained will stay with me forever."  - I.  

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Charity Golf Tournaments

Whether you'd like to sponsor a hole or play the green, there's an opportunity for you to get involved at one of our tournaments!


Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you are volunteering as an individual or with a group, there are plenty of fun volunteer opportunities at our events and on the Ranches!


Dear Ranch Friends,

It is so exciting watching our Ranchers enjoying the warm air and sunshine of Summer. You can see the joy in their faces as they are playing outside, riding their bikes, splashing in the pools, or fishing in the ponds. For some, this is the first time that they have ever been able to just enjoy being a child. As I watch them, I am reminded of the importance of this for a child and how truly blessed I am to be able to witness this firsthand.

Each of our young people are so special to all of us here at the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Since the summer of 2023, we have helped over 127 young people.  More importantly, 32 of those young people have given their life to Christ and were baptized.

We had four high school graduates in May 2024! These young people put in countless hours of hard work and have shown incredible strength and resilience in their lives. Two of those graduates joined the military and we have four Ranchers attending local colleges and trade schools while living on the Ranches. I am so proud of all they have accomplished already, and I am eager to see what the future has in store for them.

Not only are our young people thriving but our Ranches are undergoing several updates and transitions as well. With the Lord’s gracious provision and the generous support of our friends and sponsors, the Ranches are growing in many ways! We are currently adding additional houses to our St. Clair and Colbert FAME Ranch. Our Baldwin County Ranch received a new 14-passenger van from The Sheriffs of Alabama. These blessings will aid us in helping even more young people in need.

As I look back at all these wonderful accomplishments, I am reminded that this is only possible because of our amazing God and caring people like you. God continues to allow us to make a difference every day and improve the lives of each of the young people that come to us. He reminds us how good He is by blessing us with so much! As we round out this year, our team promises to always look to God for guidance and give thanks for the many blessings we do have. Thank YOU for your continued love, prayers, and support! May God Bless you and your family.


Michael Smith


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