Heritage Ranch receives $50,000 Entergy grant _lowres

Photo provided by Amy Horn -- Entergy's River Bend Nuclear Station in St. Francisville donated $50,000 to Heritage Ranch in Zachary recently. Heritage Ranch Development Director Amy Horn, River Bend Station Vice President Eric Olson and Heritage Ranch Executive Director Vicki Ellis, from left, attend the check presentation in Zachary.

Entergy’s River Bend Nuclear Station in West Feliciana Parish recently awarded a $50,000 grant to Heritage Ranch, the faith-based children’s residential home in Zachary.

The funds will help Heritage Ranch in its mission to strengthen children, their families and the community and as it ministers to youth and their families struggling with crisis, according to a news release.

River Bend Station Vice President Eric Olson presented the check to Heritage Ranch Executive Director Vicki Ellis and Development Director Amy Horn.

“The generosity of Entergy River Bend allows us to impact the lives of youth and families in crisis across our community,” Ellis said. “The residential treatment program at Heritage Ranch provides education, counseling and life skills for clients. We are honored to have Entergy as a partner in this transformational work.”

Entergy awards grants to community-based projects that focus on enrichment and improvement of families. The River Bend Station awards funding to programs that have a direct impact on children educationally and emotionally to sustain healthy families, the release said.

Heritage Ranch serves boys ages 13 to 18 who live with house parents while attending school and receiving help in the areas of tutoring, counseling, life skills, building self-esteem, strengthening the family unit and health and wellness.

Future plans include expanding to serve up to 60 boys and girls ages 8 to 18, Ellis said.