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The History Of SJRC Texas

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children – Texas Region was originally established in 1983 as St. Jude’s Home for Children when the Hamilton Family purchased several acres in Bulverde, Texas to provide a safe haven to children in need. The Hamilton’s worked diligently for several years to love and heal all the children that came through their doors.

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1993 – St. Jude’s Ranch for Children-Nevada purchased St. Jude’s Home for Children, Bulverde, Texas. We operated in this manner until 2016. This campus continues to provide all of our therapeutic residential treatment services for children 0 to 21 years.

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1997 – SJRC Texas added a second campus, the former Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter in New Braunfels, Texas. Today the Emergency Shelter has grown to house a Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program, meeting a great unmet need in the greater San Antonio community, in addition to Emergency Placement services.

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2012 – We expanded to operate as a Child Placing Agency, allowing us to license foster homes in the community and to complete adoptions providing forever families for our clients.

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June 2016 – SJRC Texas received accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). COA is a rigorous three-year process that evaluates all aspects of the operations. This distinguished accreditation sets us apart as a high quality program.

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July 2016 – An exciting new chapter in our history began in July 2016. We underwent transformative changes to positively impact the future sustainability of SJRC Texas to ensure that we can continue to care for hundreds of children and families every year. The national board of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children decided to strategically separate operations in Nevada and Texas to allow each region to more efficiently serve foster children. The dissolution of the national board structure and business operations, effective July 1, 2016, allowed each state to continue forward separately with existing and future board members serving on localized boards designed to have a sharper focus on the specific and unique needs of the children in their corresponding communities. This has not only increased efficiency, but also has addressed the desires of donors who wish to see all their contributions go toward local efforts.

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2017 – Today, “What is raised in Texas, stays in Texas”. SJRC Texas is Texas strong and Texas focused. We care for nearly 100 kids every day across all of our programs with a keen focus on helping our children heal from their past trauma due to abuse, abandonment and neglect. Aside from St. Jude’s Ranch for Children now doing business as SJRC Texas, they have also redesigned the logo and tagline.