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Kevin and Hope Stipe

Supporters

Kevin Stipe remembers his youth pastor who went out of the way to reach out to him. “Regardless of what kind of trouble I was getting into, he was a steady friend and just wanted to help.” That steady presence had a lasting influence. The struggling teen ended up graduating from Auburn, becoming a YoungLife leader, and working for a prominent ...

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Thorn Winkler

Program Assistant

"I came to Eagle Ranch to gain experience in counseling, but I also learned about myself. My future family, clients and community will benefit immeasurably from what I've learned and from the work God has done to make me more empathetic with others."

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Vicki Ellis – Heritage Ranch, Zachary, LA

Wings

“The program and board development, business planning, and fundraising wisdom Eddie Staub shared have been foundational to the Heritage Ranch founding process. I learned that you must run an effective, sustainable business in order to truly serve children and their families. The focus that Eagle Ranch places on the family is one of the most cri...

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Matthew

Children and Families

One of Eagle Ranch’s first residents, Matthew, recently returned to Eagle Ranch to visit his former houseparents, Tony and Trisha Dittmeier, and counselor, Bruce Burch. In 1985, 11-year-old Matthew rode along with family as another relative considered coming to Eagle Ranch. Matthew liked what he saw and decided the Ranch was the place for him. H...

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Doug and Diane Magnus

Supporters

"Invest in what you know." This is one of many valuable pieces of advice Diane Magnus learned from her daddy, Loyd Strickland. Sitting in the Chestnut Mountain office where Strickland beckoned Eddie Staub in 1983 to provide him some of the first seed money for Eagle Ranch, Diane shared a few fond memories of her dad and the Ranch. Joined by her hu...

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Kage

Children and Families

What does it take for a failing class clown who was expelled from school to make honor roll and set his sights on becoming a pediatric surgeon? For Kage, 14, the answer is simple: people who care. Smaller classes and individual attention from teachers helped Kage realize he was capable of making better grades. But the game changer was the relation...

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