THE Lords Ranch. The Truth From People Who Have Been There.

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My name is jessica. i was at the lords ranch from 1994 until 2001. This is for people who have been kids at the ranch or staff there to feel safe to talk about what they have been through. i understand that a lot of people will not agree to what will be said but i dont care. too many people have been forced to keep their mouth shut for too long. Its time for the truth to come out. i hope everyone who sees this will respond. some think that the lords ranch is a good and wonderful place, some people dont. Everyone who has been there has seen the good and the bad. The ones that tell the truth will be called liars and christian haters but at least we will finely be able to express our emotions and get it out in the open. We are adults now and we cant get punished anymore and they cant keep us from exposing them. We have nothing to fear anymore. i know that nothing will ever be done about this. they have the government in their back pocket, but everyone who reads this will know the truth. The lords ranch will never go away what goes on there will always continue to go on, but at least once somebody leaves that place they will have a place to tell other people what happend to them.

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i was at the lords ranch from 1994- 2001. i was 9 years old when i was sent there. my adopted parents didnt want me.not all the kids there were sent there for being bad. there were more kids like me who didnt have a family then there were criminals. there was mental, verbal, and emotional abuse.yes they did restrain kids and sometimes they got too rough. thats what happens when you tell your staff that they have to be strong and powerful and put fear into your very soul. the staff werent aloud to act like they cared they were so afraid that we wouldnt respect them or follow the rules. lots of strict rules and punishment. some staff enjoyed provoking and punishing the kids.the whole time i was there i was never interviewed by anyone outside the lords ranch no one checked up on me to see if i felt safe or happy. i was there 7 1/2 years and i saw a lot and i wouldnt of been afraid to tell and they knew that. they got other kids to tell those people how wonderful and happy they were there.im a good person and i have no reason to lie about anything. when i became an adult i had no social skills. i had to learn how to do things on my own no one prepared me for that. i was so sheltered i didnt know how do anything. all my life i had someone else telling me what to do and not to do, when to talk, think, breath, jump, sit, etc. i couldnt even go to a job interview with out shaking and throwing up. i was scared of men i was afraid to date. ive had alot of relationships fail because i didnt know how to have a relationship. it took me a long time and some therapy just to find out who and what i was and how to live a normal life. there was some good at the ranch but there was alot of bad too....its so painful to even talk about. im happy and have a good life now but it took me a long time to figure out how to live my life.i do believe in God so im not an anti christian trying to make the lords ranch look bad. i could go on and on about all the things that went on there but i want to see if anyone else will be brave and honest enough to start posting on this. i want to give everyone a chance to tell their experiences. i will continue to add posts on here when i have the time. for now i have to take care of my wonderful family.
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Jul 20, 2011
 
do tell more I am interested. What went on didn't go on. What is the truth

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do tell more I am interested. What went on didn't go on. What is the truth
i went there because when my sister and i got adopted they decided later on they didnt want me and my sister. the ranch took me but my sister went somewhere else. i had another brother and sister but they were both adopted by diffrent familys. i will not lie i did have some emotional problems. i had nightmares and like any other normal scared little girl all i wanted was love and affection. i threw fits when i was scared or angry but that was all i ever did wrong. i didnt know how to express my self.i was from an abusive family. my adopted mom didnt know how to show love and affection she would build me up and put me down with on breath. one time she said jessica your hair looks lovely today but you could stand to loose some weight. when i was adopted my parents knew what happend to me but they got a nice big check for my sister and i. they kept putting me on meds and making me see a dr who gave my sister and i shots and made us sick. the only problem my sister even has was due to how we being treated. i had no real mental problems, but my adopted mom didnt want us and would do anything to get rid of us.Before i knew it i was sent to the home. It was beautiful there and i saw all the animals. i was told by my adopted parents that it was like going to camp and that i wouldnt be gone long. the first thing i figured out was that it sucked be a girl there. boys and girls couldnt talk to each other or look at each other. if boys came down the hall way at school we had to turn away and face the wall. i felt like we should be ashamed that we were girls. there were so many rules you couldnt keep up with them things would change daily. boys got to do things we couldnt do there were way more of them than us. when i was 12 i fractured my arm when i fell down while running laps. i got restrained because they said i was fakeing it. when they took me to the hospital they saw i fractured my arm and had to get a cast. no one apologized for not believing me and hurting me further by restraining me. when i was 15 went to the dr for a physical. no one told me what was going to happen to me. no one explained what the dr would to do me and why.when the dr tried to pull my legs apart to check me in my private parts i freaked out and started screaming and crying. they held me down and forced my legs apart and did their exam. when i got home i had to stand on the wall until very late at night for acting bad at the dr. the dr happend to be the owners cousin by the way. i was a virgin and i shouldnt of had that happen to me and someone could of explained things to me. it would take a very long time to tell about all the stuff that happend there.
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Jul 20, 2011
 
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i was at the lords ranch from 1994- 2001. i was 9 years old when i was sent there. my adopted parents didnt want me.not all the kids there were sent there for being bad. there were more kids like me who didnt have a family then there were criminals. there was mental, verbal, and emotional abuse.yes they did restrain kids and sometimes they got too rough. thats what happens when you tell your staff that they have to be strong and powerful and put fear into your very soul. the staff werent aloud to act like they cared they were so afraid that we wouldnt respect them or follow the rules. lots of strict rules and punishment. some staff enjoyed provoking and punishing the kids.the whole time i was there i was never interviewed by anyone outside the lords ranch no one checked up on me to see if i felt safe or happy. i was there 7 1/2 years and i saw a lot and i wouldnt of been afraid to tell and they knew that. they got other kids to tell those people how wonderful and happy they were there.im a good person and i have no reason to lie about anything. when i became an adult i had no social skills. i had to learn how to do things on my own no one prepared me for that. i was so sheltered i didnt know how do anything. all my life i had someone else telling me what to do and not to do, when to talk, think, breath, jump, sit, etc. i couldnt even go to a job interview with out shaking and throwing up. i was scared of men i was afraid to date. ive had alot of relationships fail because i didnt know how to have a relationship. it took me a long time and some therapy just to find out who and what i was and how to live a normal life. there was some good at the ranch but there was alot of bad too....its so painful to even talk about. im happy and have a good life now but it took me a long time to figure out how to live my life.i do believe in God so im not an anti christian trying to make the lords ranch look bad. i could go on and on about all the things that went on there but i want to see if anyone else will be brave and honest enough to start posting on this. i want to give everyone a chance to tell their experiences. i will continue to add posts on here when i have the time. for now i have to take care of my wonderful family.
lot's of questions of interest, if you can continue and explain further. i'm sure the ranch has a lot of success stories. but we should hear learn of their failures also, to hopefully remedy the situation.

a crying shame that your youth, some of the best years of your life, were stolen, and you were poorly prepared for adulthood. 10's of thousands of our dollars were likely spent to help you. sadly, it sounds like we failed.

sad to learn that you fell thru the cracks of the system and had to suffer for so many years. seems your life has been cruel and hopefully you endured the damage and are tough enough to fully recover.
my preyers for you.

who exactly sent you there?
do you know who paid for it and signed you up?
adoptive parents, dhs, adoption service, judge, lords ranch staff, mental outpatient clinic? doctor?

were you in any kind of trouble at age 9? school problems? detention? adhd?
who raised you from birth to age 9? parents, relatives? foster parents? were you in a state foster care system?

besides poor social skill learning, did you learn much academically in school there? how was your book learning education? poor, fair, good?

did any outside agencies ever interview you or was it all internal drs and therapists?
were you on prescription drugs for any of the years?
do you feel any crimes were committed against you?
at what age did you leave, and how, and to where?

ps, just noticed the above post and a few posts by you on the other thread. sorry for the duplication of questions if already covered. thanks for your info and thoughts about your time there.
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http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/its-not-chil...
i saw this link and i wanted to share it. i read the whole thing. its long but worth the time. all i could keep thinking was is this stuff real! I dont know who is telling the truth or not but i find it very interesting. Ive heard a lot about the home some good things and some very horrible things. i want to hear more. Im glad sombody decided to do this. I want to hear both the good and the bad. Im just a curious person seeking the truth to all the things ive heard.
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Jul 20, 2011
 
I think I know who Jessica is, may have been there at the same time. Were you from TX, brown eyes and brown hair? If so, she's legit!

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lot's of questions of interest, if you can continue and explain further. i'm sure the ranch has a lot of success stories. but we should hear learn of their failures also, to hopefully remedy the situation.
a crying shame that your youth, some of the best years of your life, were stolen, and you were poorly prepared for adulthood. 10's of thousands of our dollars were likely spent to help you. sadly, it sounds like we failed.
sad to learn that you fell thru the cracks of the system and had to suffer for so many years. seems your life has been cruel and hopefully you endured the damage and are tough enough to fully recover.
my preyers for you.
who exactly sent you there?
do you know who paid for it and signed you up?
adoptive parents, dhs, adoption service, judge, lords ranch staff, mental outpatient clinic? doctor?
were you in any kind of trouble at age 9? school problems? detention? adhd?
who raised you from birth to age 9? parents, relatives? foster parents? were you in a state foster care system?
besides poor social skill learning, did you learn much academically in school there? how was your book learning education? poor, fair, good?
did any outside agencies ever interview you or was it all internal drs and therapists?
were you on prescription drugs for any of the years?
do you feel any crimes were committed against you?
at what age did you leave, and how, and to where?
ps, just noticed the above post and a few posts by you on the other thread. sorry for the duplication of questions if already covered. thanks for your info and thoughts about your time there.
my adopted parents adopted me and my sister i was four and she was five. yes i was in foster care and that is where the abuse started and i remember everything that happend to me and my sister. i was on meds but when i got to the home they took me off of them because i never had the mental problems my parents said i had. no one at the home ever had someone outside the home interview me. i would of told the truth even if i had gotten in trouble, and they knew that. only kids that would make the lords ranch look good would get interview. i graduated high school after i left the lords ranch and i went to college. i never did well in math i never could figure it out. i did very well with reading english art and science. i learned more when i left the home. the home had their own christian based books for school. the best teacher there was steve ivy he taught history and he taught about the real stuff that was going on in the world. we wernt aloud to watch tv. they picked out movies and we only listened to christian music. they bought us things for christmas and took us on outings i dont know who funded the presents or trips. i am a strong willed stubborn person and that is the only reason why i have been able to go through what ive been through. they couldnt break me but they sure tried! it was harder on me when i first go there i almost broke but as i got older i relized that they couldnt keep me there forever and no matter how much the punished me. i stopted letting them try to make me confess to things i didnt do and i wouldnt stop letting them know that what they were doing wrong. they would quote a scripture to me and i would quote one right back. It got to the point where they just didnt bother trying any more and that is when i finely left....they wanted me gone lol! i have a great wonderful life and im happy. ive never been any ones victim. im just a person who has had a life diffrent than most. i chose to get help when i left the home to deal with all the emotional crap i went through as a child and while at the home. i was 16 when i left. i got put in another home my adopted parents still didnt want me. that home wasnt bad, but it still failed to prepare me for life. they didnt have enough time to teach me everything i needed to know. i learned how to cook and they helped me get my first job.

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I think I know who Jessica is, may have been there at the same time. Were you from TX, brown eyes and brown hair? If so, she's legit!
jessica rae moore from texas. my are are green lol and when i first came to the home i had awful short hair thanks to my adopted mom but it grew out fast and before i knew it my hair was down to my butt. all the older girls loved doing my hair.

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today i decided to write about some of the good that happend at the home. every year they got us christmas and we got to go on field trips. there were some staff that were good at least at the time i was there so im gonna name who they were. i understand that some other people might have their own issues with these people that i dont have but i can only speak about my own feelings towards these staff and what i went through with them. Bud and Shirley the owners,laura Sally, Reche, and kristin also i will add Mr.Presley and Mr. Foster both where my social workers. these are the few that did were good, and even with the some of the wrongful things they were the best people there. i will talk about each one. Bud and Shirley, they were always good to me and they got me out of trouble for things i didnt do and sometimes even for the things i did do. I know they loved me and cared about me. one day when i was missing home and very sad one of the staff decided to talk to me. she asked me jessica what could we do to make you happy here. i asked her if my sister could come live there too, if my parents dont want her too and shes in another home why cant she be with me. we cant give you your sister. what about a baby doll or a puppy would that make you happy. no i just want my sissy. later on in the conversation i was asked if i had any good memories of my adopted parents. so i told them that when my sister and i were first adopted that my mom use to rock me to and sing to me when i was scared or sad. i told then told her that it was the only time she ever made me feel loved and that after a few weeks she stoped. whenever i wanted to be picked up or held she would tell me no that i was a big girl and not a baby. i started crying and i said nobody loves me or wants me anymore im nothing to nobody. the staff brought me downstairs to Shirley and told her what i had said. Shirley had a rocking chair downstairs. she went to it and sat down and told me to come sit in her lap. i did and she started rocking me and singing to me. when she was done with the song she took my face in here hands and said look at me jessica, i looked up at her, and she said, Jessica you are loved and wanted. The Lord loves you and wants you and i also love you and want you and dont you ever forget that. i never forgot. That was the only time she ever held me a rocked me like that but that one time was all i needed to feel loved at that moment in my life. i dont remember how old i was when this happend i think i was 10 or 11. i didnt always feel loved at the home but they gave me moments when i felt loved and moments are better than nothing at all.

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now i will talk about laura. laura wasnt there when i first came to the home but she came not long after i did. when i first met her i liked her. she was fun and out going. she told us stories about her own life. she taught us fun christian camp songs and played with us outside. after she had worked there for awhile she did become strict but i always felt that she cared about us. other people may think of her and think she wasnt as good as i do, ive heard shes been involved with covering up things that happend, but any staff that has ever worked there has done that they have to. yes there were times i had to stand on the wall for something i didnt do and most times you just told them whatever they wanted to hear to get out of trouble. laura was the only staff who could handle my outgoing silly ways. i think she understood me better then any other staff there. now on to kristin. it took me a very long time to ever feel like she cared about me. for a long time i thought she didnt like me at all. perhaps i was annoying and too outgoing and i made her uncomfortable. i was a very silly girl and i just wanted to have fun and i was very affectionate and wanted to make everyone around me happy. i was very gullible and naive. at one time kristin thought i was in her words funny. i thought she meant silly but then i learned she meant gay which i thought meant happy until i learned that it meant two girls or two boys that liked each other in the wrong way. anyway i had a big talk with some of the staff and they all relized i wasnt like that and i was told to tone down the affection towards other people because it made others feel uncomfortable. i had one huge thing that almost made me change my mind about her. it took me awhile to forgive her and trust her or even feel like she cared about me. i was 12 one day i got in trouble and had to run laps in the field by the barn. while i was running i fell down. in the field there was a tire with a big metal rim sticking out of it. i didnt see it there until it was to late and when i fell my arm hit the metal part sticking out hard. long story short it wasnt broken and she thought i was fine. i keeped telling her i was hurting. when we were done with the laps she made me go upstairs to stand on the wall. when she came back up i only had one arm behind my back. she told me to put both arms behind my back i told her i couldnt. she came over to me and forced my arm behind my back when i screamed and tried to move away she threw me to the ground and twisted my arms behind my back. one of the other staff came up stairs they heard me screaming from downstairs. long story short i went to the hospital and my elbow was fractured. i never understood why she though i would lie about being in pain...she never did apologize. they had to sedate me at the hospital to pop my elbow back in place when i woke up i had a pink cast on. when krsitin got married and had kids things changed and by the time i left the lords ranch in 2001 i felt like she cared about me. now on to sally. sally was very nice but she didnt stay at the home long she left. sally was easy to talk to and i always felt safe talking to her about anything. i was very sad when she left. i know she cared about us. Reche, she was a mystery to me i never could fiqure her out. she came to work at the home when i was 12 or 13.she was quiet and even spoke quiet. anytime she actually yelled which was hardly ever it was scary. she had a very beautiful voice. she felt like the lord had called her to the home so she came there to work even though she didnt want too. she gave everybody there respect kids and staff. she did discipline but the kids respected her more for giving them respect. i know she cared about as at the home. when she first came there i think i annoyed the crap out of her. i was outgoing and loud and talked all the time. she was a calm and peaceful person.
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Why start all of this on here? You must have some major issues.. A public forum that is used for bashing people and places is not where you should be writing all of this...The name has changed, it is no longer the Lord's ranch.. Most people in the area was offended by the name so that is one of the reasons it was changed... And Jessica you need to stay in counseling... It is obvious by writng this book on here like you have you need to find other things to do with your time... I thank God everyday for that place is... It saved my life!!!

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Why start all of this on here? You must have some major issues.. A public forum that is used for bashing people and places is not where you should be writing all of this...The name has changed, it is no longer the Lord's ranch.. Most people in the area was offended by the name so that is one of the reasons it was changed... And Jessica you need to stay in counseling... It is obvious by writng this book on here like you have you need to find other things to do with your time... I thank God everyday for that place is... It saved my life!!!
Its called freedom of speech and if you had read all that i wrote you would see that i also wrote about the good things that happend there too.if i want to reconnect with the other people that have been there and talk about what ive been through i can. This is about my life. you have your opinion and i have mine and there is nothing wrong with that. i dont have any major issues and i dont need counseling. i am very happy and i have a wonderful family and good friends. i can write about what i want where i want and whenever i want. i am aware the name has changed but that was after i left so to me it is still the lords ranch and always will be.im glad that they changed your life and that you had a good experience there. I have talked about the good and the bad and i encourage others to do the same. By the way its not a book its a forum and i could write a book and get rich of it but i dont want or need the money. id rather share my story with other people that can talk to me back and that includes judgmental people like you who think that i have issues and need help because i am sharing my life with other people who have been at the same place as me.
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Jul 21, 2011
 
they don't pay taxes on property, couldnt wal-mart change their name to lord's mart and avoid property tax too then?
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Yes they do pay taxes on all of their property they own...And they always have. When they were a non-profit company they could have filed the paperwork and got out of paying them BUT they chose not to!! As much as they pay in taxes and not to mention the Fact they employ 200 people in Randolph county, don't you think they could get their road paved? Just their taxes alone should be enough money paid for the blacktop... Don't you think?
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Yes they do pay taxes on all of their property they own...And they always have. When they were a non-profit company they could have filed the paperwork and got out of paying them BUT they chose not to!! As much as they pay in taxes and not to mention the Fact they employ 200 people in Randolph county, don't you think they could get their road paved? Just their taxes alone should be enough money paid for the blacktop... Don't you think?
why does it take 200 people to care for less than 100 teens? seems like a lot, waste of money.

what kind of rent are we paying someone for each of the properties used to house the kids?$500/month?$1000/month?$2 000/month?would that be per child? or per house of 6-8+?
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They have amassed billions. They have investments all over the country.
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http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/Search...
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Jessica, I just want to tell you that I'm sorry you were mistreated as a child by obviously many of the people who should have been trying to protect you and show you love. But, I am so glad that you were able to turn it around and become a happy adult! <3

As for those of you putting her down, why don't you just leave her alone? Her posts have the ring of truth if you read them for what they are which is a young woman trying to tell her story!!
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I saw a white suburban with a pretty woman from the lords ranch meet a black guy on wal-mart parking lot a couple of friday nights ago. he was in a black colored avalanche truck. they left together and came back later and went separate ways. late at night, seemed kinda odd.

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