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Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10


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Our mission is to glorify God by creating an environment that encourages, inspires, and affirms children, their families and the community.

Our ranch lifestyle provides a place of refuge for children and animals, allowing families to be restored through the redeeming love of Jesus Christ.


GateKeeper Volunteer

One with the honored role of holding the gate for the Shepherd.  “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”  
John 10:3

At 51:10 we believe serving isn’t something we do, but rather something we are; it is a part of our DNA. We trust that our role is to facilitate an environment to allow Jesus to have access to hearts, all hearts, ours included. In that environment we simply hold the gate and allow the Shepherd to do His work. We want to foster a mindset that all we do is for Him.

We know that often someone given the title of ‘volunteer’ can feel a lack of responsibility or ownership in their role. Instead, we invite our ‘gatekeepers’ to feel the value and title that their Father gives them. We ask for investment and vulnerability and do not allow complacency or disengagement within our team. We are family! We are holding the gate for Jesus to what He has for us, one another and everyone who steps foot on the ranch.

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It is our great desire to honor and glorify God in all we do.  In that we want to be prayerful in all we do at 51:10. We would be grateful if you would join us in lifting up the needs and hopes of the ranch. Our daily prayer is all who enter 51:10 would encounter the loving presence of God.  Our hope is all children and their families would be impacted for the good.  We also pray those who serve would have a great heart for the Lord, children, and families. And pray their hearts will be equally impacted.  We pray the community will embrace the ranch, and will feel the reverberating impact of those lives transformed at the ranch. Additionally, we pray for the Lord’s provision.  We understand all of this is made possible because of Him.  It is our pray we are faithful stewards of His provision, and 51:10 Youth Ranch will be all for the glory of God.


If you have a heart for serving God and also enjoy working with children and animals, we would encourage you to fill out a Volunteer Application. We utilize volunteers to support the staff through: Mentorship with children, grounds and animal maintenance, community events preparation, set up and clean up prayer, and worship.

If you have a special skill or passion you would like to make us aware of, please indicate this on your application. Once the application is received, a background check will be processed as well as an interview scheduled.


We are grateful for your willingness to give to 51:10 Youth Ranch.  Your giving allows us to serve kids and families in the community at no charge.  Without your generosity many would not have the ability to experience this valuable and life altering mentorship program. All monetary gifts, unless designated otherwise by the giver, are allocated to our general operating fund.  All funds given are used to pay for program expenses, horse rescue and care and ranch maintenance.

51:10 Youth Ranch is an approved IRS 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Our tax ID# is 47-1847579.

To pay by check, please mail your donation to:
PO Box 433
Buena Vista, CO 81211

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Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first.


"51:10 was very consistent for my child, they were always there and available."
-Kimmy Stromer


"Through the ministry of 51:10 God's love is confirmed in my son's life! Thank you forever!"
-Jodi Reed


"51:10 is a sweet place for my kids to be outside learning new things and experiencing the love of others."
-Amber Gaston


"51:10 is a blessing to our families and children in this community."
-Dannielle Merrifield


Our kids, with the privilege to have spent time amongst the staff and surroundings of 51:10 have taken away a realization that there is love spoken, poured out and expressed here. Kids will always remember this experience and be able to draw from it that they are deeply valued and precious in His sight.
-Denae Williamson


My daughter is very self-conscious and does not share her heart or open up to others easily. When she entered 51:10, she was very shy and withdrawn. However, spending one-on-one time each week with a mentor who just loved her and listened to her allowed her to feel the freedom to be herself. She transformed from a withdrawn little girl to one who couldn't wait to go each week and have fun with her mentor. I love this program because it is so key for my daughter. She need someone who just has time to listen to her and let her be herself. I also love that she is learning about horses and riding. She loves horses, and we could never afford one. Thank you, 51:10!

- 51:10 Parent


All our kids enjoy 51:10 It’s all they talk about
-Brenda Jackson


"What I like about 51:10 is that we get to learn about God and that we get to learn about horses. It really has changed me in many different ways. I really like how we get mentors to talk when we are hurting or need someone to be there in trouble times. Like when I started this program I was hurting down deep and I just needed to have time to just take a break. Then when I went to 51:10 and met my mentor I felt lighter. Now I'm able to let every thing go. I now feel different since being a part of 51:10. My last mentor left the program and moved on to something new and I'm ok with that. God has great things for her. Now I have a new mentor and she is my math tutor. She really does not know that much about horses so that gives me a chance to help her and teach her stuff about horses. That's why I like 51:10."
- Analiese


My mentor has helped me in so many ways! Even when we are just hanging out and not necessarily having a "deep" conversation, it's really nice just to have some fun with her! I couldn't tell you exactly what in my life would be different without 51:10 and my mentor, but I know that she has truly changed my life. I thank God that he put 51:10 and the people there in my life!


 "I like having someone you can trust and talk to at any time. My mentor is like a second mom to me. She is caring, helpful, and kind. I like getting together with my mentor and having a blast! We laugh a lot, but when I really need to talk she's always there for me and supports me! She takes time out of her life to be a part of mine and I am so thankful for that!"


 "The Smythe Kids LOVED coming every week for the group sessions. They learned so much and it was definitely the highlight to their every week and every conversation. Thank you!"
-Deanna, Madison, Gracie and Wyatt Smythe



Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first.

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