In 1946, Arnold & Eva Kernan saw the need for a home for homeless children and began the Boise Christian Children's Home (Now the Christian Children's Ranch).They believed that children need: A loving mom & dad, A stable home life, Daily Bible instruction, Solid Christian Character and To reach out to others in need. The Original site (northwest of downtown Boise) was 2-1/2 acres, then 6 more were purchased & old army barracks became additional sleeping quarters. A dining hall was built and shared by all. But the Kernans had a dream: They envisioned rural farm life with animals, homes with kitchens for each family group, and an on-site school to teach additional Christian values.
The Dream Became Reality
On June 14, 1976, 80 acres were purchased at the current location. Three homes were built and the NEW location became the Christian Children's Ranch. The old location just north of downtown Boise, became the Christian Retirement Village. These two ministries are separate but are under one umbrella called: Boise Christian Homes, Inc.
The Christian Children's Ranch has been providing Christ-centered homes to homeless and at-risk children since 1946. We have provided caring & loving families in 4 live-in homes for boys & girls, ages 11- 17. Each home has housed up to 10 children in a loving and structured environment. Our staff model home life, social skills, work ethic, faith and integrity!
The ranch is located on 80 acres, with 4 residential houses used for dorms, 1 residential directors home. We have fully accredited Christian school on-site, Ekklesia Academy, using ACE curriculum with school staff living on campus, offices for administration, a mechanics shop, wood shop, barn, food room, conference room, pasture with horses and cattle, a 4-1/2 acre fishing pond, and 22 acres for hay. It is a very peaceful environment located along the Boise River, yet only a few miles from area churches, shopping and restaurants.
Other dreams are:
To provide Christian & Practical - Parental Training for our parents. To assist them to move forward with their children, spouse, and career building, etc., so they can, in turn, provide a loving and stable environment for themselves and their kids.