Grace Home Letters

The walls of the Grace Home can talk. Lined with framed letters from Eagle Ranch alumni, they speak words of encouragement, success, struggles and advice. An idea sparked by former houseparents, the hope was that new children coming into the home would see there were others that have gone before them and learn how the…

Graduate Update: Josh Calupca

Josh came to Eagle Ranch in 2016 afraid, unsociable and unmotivated. He refused to go to school and made every excuse to stay home. This led to many arguments, and Josh would retreat and hide out in his room for hours—sometimes for days—and refused to come out, talk, or even eat. Fast forward to today,…

Lilly

When do you have a difficult conversation with your child? When they’re young and perhaps won’t understand? Do you wait until they’re older and may blame you for not telling them sooner? This was the dilemma faced by Jason and Christy Fitzwater with their daughter, Lilly. When Lilly was an infant, her birth mother passed…

Wesley

“It was like a war every day in our house,” reflected Wesley, 11, as he recounted what life was like before the Ranch. His parents, Nick and Stephanie, nodded in response. “The word divorce had been thrown around a few times,” said Stephanie. “Home was chaos. There were arguments that would escalate into us having…

Gavin

The lack of stability and structure in Gavin’s life, in conjunction with broken family relationships, left Gavin facing a whirlwind of emotions he was unable to process. The result? Gavin reacted in anger toward his peers, teachers, and those closest to him—especially his mother. “My dad has been absent from my life for a while…