Our History

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OYR History


O’Connell Youth Ranch was established in 1975 through a generous land gift from Mrs. Elsie O’Connell and her late husband, Dan. The first Ranch house was opened in 1978 and two others followed. The Ranch’s goal is to provide a unique Christian-based residential home for young men ages six to eighteen. Our case coordinators and staff are dedicated professionals trained to help the youth whose lives are in serious turmoil because of family or personal life crisis.

The Ranch is a non-profit organization, fully licensed and approved by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.


OYR founded

120 acres

Beautiful farmland

Young men

Aged 6-18

The Ranch was incorporated in the state of Kansas on February 12, 1976. It is located just east of Lawrence, Kansas on 120 acres of beautiful farmland. Since our start thousands of young men have been placed with us. The impact of the services provided by this program touches youth throughout Kansas.

The Ranch is designed to give young men security and stability by providing a structured and loving home life in a clean, healthy rural setting. Our young men are guided toward a fulfilling and purposeful future by participation in educational, social and sports programs of local schools, churches and other community programs.