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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Group Homes, Human Services, Youth Development Programs, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: To assist vulnerable young people and their families in rebuilding their lives through caring relationships and opportunities to grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually by living in a safe and healthy home.

Results: We were incorporated in 1987 and have worked with over 2000 children and youth during that time.

Target demographics: Children of all ages, nationalities, races, ethnicities, genders and faiths grow in a positive and productive way to become upstanding and outstanding members of society.

Geographic areas served: Central Valley California

Programs: Group Homes, Transitional Living Home, Community Day School, Individual and Group Therapy, Foster Families, and Adoption.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Craig36


Rating: 5

I farm the Pistachios just North of Valley Teen Ranch for the past 28 years, and have seen many boys come and go, I've enjoyed stopping and talking to them when they out walking or jogging along road 35, some of them I even ask why they were at Valley Teen, I will not go into the reasons they were sent there in the first place, but I will tell you that many of the boys came from places and homes that made it very differcult to succeed and not to get in trouble, and their time at Valley Team gives them a second chance, and time to put their past behind them, Clear their heads and look forward to a bright future, instead of a path of distruction and dead ends and misery, Thank God for Valley Teen and Connie and her staff, that are dedicated in making a difference in these young men's life

4 David H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The love and guidance I received during my time at Valley Teen Ranch, gave me the chance to stop the downhill momentum I found myself in as a teenager.

Today I live a healthy life with my wife in Dana Point California. I work as a chef and pursue Mountain climbing. Without my experience at Valley Teen Ranch, I may have fallowed my rebellion to a rock bottom that would not allow me to have such a wonderful life today.

I owe everything to you guys. Love you so very much.



Rating: 5

I volunteer with a non profit organization that raises money for the developmentally disabled. Valley Teen Ranch boys have been a huge help to us when we are setting up for our fund raisers. They are always willing to bring the boys & we are always so impressed with how courteous & responsive these boys are. The work this organization does to help put these young boys on the right track is amazing.
I now also do volunteer work for VTR & they are a delight to work for. They are always so well organized & helpful to us volunteers.
Finally, I am now becoming familiar with their fost-adopt program as my daughter & her husband are working with them to adopt a child or children of their own. The social workers have been wonderful to them & very helpful. We are so looking forward to adding to our family via the VTR fost adopt program



Rating: 5

I am currently a foster kid to this wonderful agency. They have always beeen there when I've needed them. My social worker Ashley is the best. I'm just so glad I am with this agency. I have been a foster kid since I was three, so I've been through alot but Valley teen has always been there for me and I love them for that. THANKS! Christian Hamlin


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've known of Valley Teen Ranch for about twenty years now, and for many of those years I have been involved in providing insurance protection to the organization. In that capacity, I have been privileged to get the "inside story" about this organization. The terrific news is, I can personally vouch for the fact that they WALK THEIR TALK! They do a documented outstanding job with the kids in their care. The influence of the CEO, Connie Clendenan, who has invested her life in the lives of "her kids," is a lasting influence that has changed the lives of everyone she's touched. VTR is now celebrating their twenty second year of operation! So far there have been 1316 children and youth in the Group and Foster Care Homes, and over 70 kids have been adopted into permanent families! The Transitional Living Home has provided a home for 25 homeless, young men ages 18-24. Many former residents stay in touch with their VTR "family" as they're the only stable people in their lives. Valley Teen Ranch has been operating their annual $2.7 Million budget in the black with "clean" audited financials every year. There are 60 full time and 10 part time employees in all of their programs, caring for over 75 children and youth every day. VTR has an outstanding record with the California Community Care Licensing Agency that oversees their operation from the State Department of Social Services. VTR folks are grateful for community support from Churches, Service Clubs, Businesses, Foundations and local donors. The EVIDENCE shows that they are truly committed to our mission of "Building Young Lives."