Heritage Ranch Christian Children’s Home held its opening celebration and ribbon-cutting Oct. 20.

The ceremony included a blessing and dedication of the home, a ribbon-cutting and breakfast, during which commemorative bricks were presented to capital campaign donors.

The celebration was at the Heritage Ranch campus, 20090 Tucker Road in Zachary.

“Today is the culmination of many years of planning and prayer,” said Executive Director Vicki Ellis. “The hard work and dedication of the board members and staff, as well as the community, have allowed for the realization of this dream to be able to provide a loving, safe and Christ-centered home for young boys.”

In attendance were Heritage Ranch staff, its board of directors, board of advisors and invited guests. Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, Zachary City Councilman Francis Nezianya and Zachary Police Chief David McDavid also attended.

The 52-acre ranch features two family homes, a barn, covered arena and pond, with a site plan designed for 10 residential homes that will serve about 60 youth.

Plans include three staff homes, a learning center, administrative and counseling center, chapel and living quarters for interns.

Serving boys ages 11 to 17 who are in the midst of a personal or family crisis, Heritage Ranch provides family-style housing, counseling and comprehensive case management with the goal of family reunification, Ellis said.

The program welcomed three boys on campus Aug. 2 and will welcome two more Oct. 30.

For information about the program or campus, visit hrbr.org or call (225) 658-1800.