ALLOWAY TWP – Greater New Jersey was the honored recipient of the Ranch Hope Christian Partnership Award on May 11 at Sharptown UMC in Pilesgrove. The faith-based community organization in Alloway held its 53rd annual Founder’s Banquet at the church, hosting Bishop John Schol as the year’s featured speaker.
Serving children, youth, and families by fostering environments that transform lives empowered through Christ-centered love and compassion, Ranch Hope offers residential care treatment for adolescent boys and teenage girls. Founded in 1964 by Rev. Dave Bailey and his wife Eileen, the ministry includes behavioral healthcare services, special education services, summer camps and adventure based services and outpatient counseling.
“We are so appreciative of the financial and volunteer support the United Methodist Churches have given to the Ranch over our 53 years,” said Bailey, who was “delighted” to have Bishop Schol as the banquet guest speaker. “I am personally grateful to the Methodist Church congregations for their continued enthusiastic support of our ministry. They have been with us from the very early days and throughout the Ranch’s history.”
In addition to the ministry’s Alloway campus, Ranch Hope has a thrift store at Cowtown Flea Market in Pilesgrove and Cranberry Plaza in Pennsville as well as the Strang School and Camp Edge in Alloway. For more information about Ranch Hope and how you can get involved with their mission, visit www.ranchhope.org