Circle of Care's
United Methodist Boys Ranch
The United Methodist Boys Ranch, Gore, Oklahoma, is one of two
campus-based foster care programs operated by the Oklahoma United
Methodist Circle of Care. The United Methodist Church's Campus Foster Care program provides a stable home where children and youth can remain safe and healthy. Our certified or licensed Foster Care parents provide stability, safety, and security at our private homes on the Children's Home and Boys' Ranch campuses. The support services are provided to the family to facilitate reunification with the child if possible.
There are separate cottages on the Boys Ranch campus. Each cottage is supervised by a Professional Foster Parent who lives with the children in their care. Our primary responsibility is to help children learn behaviors that promote their self-regard, personal ability, and socialization skills. The foster family will accomplish this through protecting and nurturing their well-being, advancing the child's development, meeting the child's needs, teaching the child ways to prevent and solve problems, maintain/build positive relationships, build the child's self-control and responsibility, and comply with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services rules on discipline to a a safe, nurturing environment that allows the child to experience security and positive self-esteem.
The children of UMBR attend Gore Public Schools. Boys Ranch staff work closely with school administration and
teachers to ensure that the youth have the best educational opportunities
to help them be successful in school.
We do not see the children as "at-risk" but "at-promise"
because we believe that every child has received special gifts from God.
We believe that being loved and accepted heals hurts that can be healed
by no other means.
The youth are provided with a loving, nurturing environment to help them
understand a better way of life. They are taught skills to help them with real
life situations, can receive a quality education, and counseling as needed to
help them move to more positive behaviors. UMBR staff works individually with
each resident to help him understand the program and offers opportunities for
success. The youth have the opportunity to learn how to maintain positive
relationships in the home, at school and in their community. The youth are also
given opportunities to discover and nurture their spirituality. Weekly youth
fellowship services, devotions in the homes, and Sunday services at Gore United
Methodist Church are available. The youth and staff are encouraged to be actively
involved in church youth groups, choirs, and other church activities.
One unique component of UMBR is the Animal Therapy Program. Each resident attends
weekly animal therapy sessions where they care for animals, assist in ranching
operations, and learn of agricultural issues related to the care of animals.
Sessions, under the supervision of the Ranch Manager, include roping, riding, feeding,
building fences, providing medical attention and classroom instruction. The youth
demonstrate learned skills through a traveling Petting Zoo, a Livestock Show and at
the annual Circle of Care Rodeo.
UMBR is located in the rolling, tree-covered hills of east central Oklahoma,
at the south end of Lake Tenkiller. If you would like more information
about our program please call or write us at:
- United Methodist Boy's Ranch
- PO Box 999
- Gore, OK 74435
- FAX: 918-487-9929