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City Kids in a Western Setting

Easter on the Ranch is a time for boys and girls who have incarcerated parents, along with their families, to enjoy a day away from their city life. The volunteers at the ranch provide for them a western experience that includes hayrides, horse rides and farm animals.

There are over 70,000 children ages 7-15 in the Southern California area that have incarcerated parents. The statistics show that these children are five times more likely to end up in prison themselves.  They are seven times more likely to become involved in the juvenile justice system than their peers. And they are more likely to suffer from depression, substance abuse, disruptive behavior, eating and sleeping disorders, diminished academic performance, and feelings of abandonment, loneliness, shame, guilt, and resentment.

When these kids come out to the Ranch for Easter they receive an abundance of love and acceptance from the volunteers. They get free snow cones, popcorn, and lunch.

The kids get to color eggs and make Easter crafts. It is a time to have fun and hang out with their friends.

Calicinto Ranch does much more than just this once a year Easter celebration for these boys and girls, they also put on spring break and summer camps for them. Here the kids get to hear Bible stories and sing worship songs. They learn the six pillars of Character:  Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.  Calicinto Ranch gives children a life changing experience in order to break the cycles of at-risk youth of incarcerated parents.

To lean more about the Ranch go HERE

To see more photos from the day go HERE

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