Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

Legislators join Ranch Hope to recognize community leaders and partners

South Jersey Times — Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro joined Ranch Hope in recognizing community leaders and partners in an awards ceremony marking the organization’s 53 years of serving children, youth and families. The annual Founder’s Day Banquet was held at Sharptown United Methodist Church in Pilesgrove.

“Making sure that children can get the support they need to stay healthy and develop emotionally is crucial to their success as adults,” said Sweeney. “For over half a century, Ranch Hope has provided that service with the help of community leaders and partners like those who are honored tonight, and I congratulate each and every one of them for their continuous commitment to helping youth in our community.”

“I wish to congratulate all honorees for their ongoing support and dedication to advancing Ranch Hope’s mission and vision,” said Deputy Speaker Burzichelli. “Helping at-risk children and families who struggle with behavioral, emotional, and learning troubles is arduous work, but Ranch Hope has continued to provide services for decades thanks to a joint effort with such great partners in the local community.”

“Ranch Hope has advocated for at-risk children and provided a safe and supportive environment where they can grow and stay motivated to learn and progress,” said Assemblyman Taliaferro. “The support demonstrated by community leaders and partners, like tonight’s honorees, merits our praise, and we are all grateful for the tremendous impact they are having on the lives of these young individuals in need of guidance as they journey through life.”

The Silver Spurs Award is presented annually to individuals and/or organizations that demonstrate leadership in ministering to children, youth and families. This year, Ranch Hope presented the award to Isabel “Boydie” Bracken, who along with her husband Rev. Jim Bracken, founded Mission Teens Inc. in 1969. Mission Teens Inc. is a non-denominational Christian Discipleship ministry dedicated to helping people who struggle with life-controlling problems.

The Christian Partner Award was presented to the Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the 2017 Corporate Partner Award was presented to The Hibbard Group LLC for their ongoing support to Ranch Hope.

Ranch Hope is a faith-based, non-profit organization founded in 1962 by the Rev. and Mrs. David L. Bailey to care and provide intensive services for emotionally troubled young men. Its mission is to provide learning environments for individuals whose needs can best be met through experiences outside their home, where they can obtain or regain their long-term academic, behavioral and spiritual focus. Since its inception, Ranch Hope has expanded to 130 acres and now serves over 90 young men and women.

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