“Attempt something so great for God it”s doomed to failure unless God be in it.” This quote from author Dr. John Edmund Haggai encouraged a young man in his 20s struggling to pursue a dream.
From surviving on a diet of crackers and cheese to nourish his 6″4″ frame to living wherever he could find a place to rest, Eddie Staub was determined to start a home for children in crisis. At times it certainly did seem that Eddie”s dream was doomed to failure, including one tense 120-day period where he was challenged to raise $144,000 to secure land for the home. God showed up through strong community support to provide the funding, and in April 1985, Eagle Ranch welcomed its first children.
One of those children from the early days is Cory Faubion. Cory was 12 when he and his brother, Roley, 9, came to Eagle Ranch. His dad, a single father of three boys, was struggling to keep the household together. A year later, in 1992, Cory”s youngest brother Cody, 6, joined his brothers at the Ranch.
“Our childhood was in and out of babysitting care,” Cory recalled. “Our dad decided we needed something more stable.”
While Cory and his brothers were living at the Ranch, his father died. His younger brothers were taken in by relatives and Cory, then 15, chose to stay at Eagle Ranch for two more years. He later reconnected with his father”s family.
Attempt something so great for God, it”s doomed to failure unless God be in it.
Cory returned to Eagle Ranch in 1999 and became an assistant counselor. In 2006, he and his wife, Sarah, became houseparents in the Love Home, where he lived as a boy. “Returning to serve as a houseparent was confirmation for me that I had come full circle. So many people here were like family, I always knew I was welcome to come back,” he said.
Cory and his family are thriving today. Annabelle, his seven-year-old daughter, beams, “I want to be like my daddy one day. He always helps me. He makes me feel loved.” She is living a life her father could only dream about.
Cory and Sarah continue to work with children and families. Sarah is a parapro at Eagle Ranch School, and Cory is Customer Relations Manager for The Dojo American Karate Center in Flowery Branch, Ga. His position enables him to work with children and their parents to set goals and ultimately help them achieve greater levels of discipline, confidence and respect.
Cory”s story is one of many examples from Eagle Ranch”s nearly 30-year history that show how helping one child can impact future generations.
Helping one child can impact future generations.
Today, Eagle Ranch is one of the largest children”s homes in Georgia. The Christ-centered program provides a home, counseling and education for nearly 70 boys and girls on its 270-acre campus located in Flowery Branch. The Ranch serves children in an 80-mile radius of its campus, keeping them geographically centered in their community.
Children come to the Ranch when circumstances make living at home difficult or impossible. Sometimes this is due to changes in family structure or custody, poor school performance, behavioral issues, judicial requirements or other factors that affect the child and his or her family.
Eagle Ranch provides a fresh perspective and the tools needed to forge a new beginning, and each child”s family participates in the healing process. The Ranch campus includes 10 homes overseen by a loving houseparent couple, trained to teach life skills and model a healthy family atmosphere. The SACS-accredited Eagle Ranch School provides education for children in grades 6-9, meeting them at their point of academic need. Licensed Professional Counselors provide individual, group and family counseling. An on-campus equine therapy program helps children build trust, confidence and leadership skills. Through its global outreach program the Wings Initiative Eagle Ranch also equips others called to develop homes for children in need.
Eagle Ranch”s 2014 operating budget totals $3.7 million, which is 100 percent privately funded. The organization has been debt-free since its inception and receives no government funding.
For more information, contact Eagle Ranch at 770.967.8500, visit us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, or log onto EagleRanch.org.