Angels of Change grant awarded to Heritage Ranch _lowres

Photo provided by Amy Horn -- A $50,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Angels of Change has been awarded to Heritage Ranch in Zachary. Foundation President Michael Tipton, far left, presented a check in December to Heritage Ranch Board Chairman Jeff Plauche, Executive Director Vicki Ellis and Board Member Donna Kline, from left.

A $50,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Angels of Change grant was awarded to Heritage Ranch and will aid the Zachary residential children’s home in its mission to strengthen children, their families and the community, a news release said.

The Angels of Change grant was awarded to former BCBSLA Foundation Angel award recipients, commemorating the 20th year of the awards.

Vicki Ellis, founder and executive director of Heritage Ranch, was a recipient of the Angel award in 2009.

The foundation awards the grants to organizations that positively impact children in Louisiana, the release said.

Foundation President Michael Tipton presented a check to Ellis, HR Board Chair Jeff Plauche and board member Donna Kline in December.

Heritage Ranch serves boys ages 13 to 18 who live with house parents while attending school and receiving help in tutoring, counseling and life skills. A social worker on site helps residents with building self-esteem, strengthening the family unit, health and wellness and life-training skills.

Plans include expanding the home to serve up to 60 boys and girls ages 8 to 18.