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The Lighthouse Ranch is a working ranch which has been providing a home and second chances to boys since 1979. Our ranch is a working ranch and is located on a beautiful 40-acre property in Southeast Louisiana. Over the history of this prestigious ranch, we have helped over one thousand boys.
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The Lighthouse Ranch was founded in March 1979 by Jim and Lovella Yohe. It is located on a beautiful 40 acre site in Southeast Louisiana. Over one thousand boys have lived at the Ranch and have benefited from its program. Lighthouse Ranch for Boys is a Louisiana licensed, Class A child residential facility located in Loranger, LA. The program is designed for boys (12 through 17 years of age) who are in need of a stable environment.
By the time I was 17, I was a drug addict, thief, gang member and an alcoholic. I had been expelled from three schools, sent to an expulsion center and was expelled from there also. The structure that I needed, I couldn’t find it in any rehabilitation center, juvenile center or prison. I was running out of time and I was running out of hope. I finally found what I needed when I came to Lighthouse Ranch for Boys.
After my parents were killed in a tragic car wreck, I became a resident at the
Lighthouse Ranch for Boys and lived there from age 13-16. What I experienced in my
life at the Ranch was life-changing and has impacted my life in a great way. The leaders
left a great impression on me. We maintained a disciplined lifestyle and we were taught
responsibility by our different daily activities at the Ranch. I was responsible to take care
of animals at the Ranch including rabbits, cows, and my horse "Charlie". Determination
and hard work paid off and helped make me the man that I am today. I highly recommend
the Boys Ranch to all.
Since I came to the Ranch, I have been able to reconnect with some of my family members, and heal. I am in the process of getting my driver license and preparing for life outside the ranch. I plan to attend college and major in computer graphics. I plan to remain connected with my Ranch family. Of all the gifts I have received while at the ranch, the most precious to me was to find out that God has a plan for me.
My name is Sawyer Cheesman. I was at Lighthouse Ranch from 2013 thru 2014. I came to Boys Ranch having just completed and passed my 2nd attempt at 9th grade, after failing because of missed days in the aftermath of losing my mom in 2013 and the ranch worked with me and gave me the blessings and opportunity to graduate high school while I was there.
By utilizing a one-on-one approach in a relaxed but structured environment, boys are able to work to close learning gaps, and work ahead in their academics. In addition to classroom style learning, Ranch boys are able to participate in horsemanship and agriculture electives.
The Lighthouse Ranch was founded in March 1979 by Jim and Lovella Yohe. It is located on a beautiful 40-acre site in Southeast Louisiana. Over one thousand boys have lived at the Ranch and have benefited from its program.