The Texas Boys Ranch expanded its size nearly a year ago, giving more shelter, food and attention to neglected and abused children.

"We have a lot of kids," Caseworker Kaylee Hendrix said.

Thirteen to be exact.

"Three meals a day, seven days a week, 24 hours a day," Hendrix said.

"We stay very very busy with them and they're tired and we're tired at the end of the day," Staff member Brenda Hanley said.

The Texas Boys Ranch shelter, is a temporary home for up to 16 abused and neglected children.

"They've come hungry, they've come very dirty, they've come with nothing but the clothes on their back," Hanley said.

Facilitating medical care and court visits is just one part of the job.

"We try and give them some skills before they leave. A lot of the time the kids don't know what clean is or organized is so our staff takes time out to work with them and sort their clothes with them," Hendrix said.

It's more than just teaching routine chores, it's instilling the message of love.

"I tell every one of them that leave because we're not assured that we'll ever see them again, you know I just tell them, you'll always have a special place in my heart," Hanley said.

Brenda Hanley began working for the Boys Ranch after losing one of her own.

"When I see these children and I think, these are young children who have had to deal with so much in their life and they don't have the coping skills and all of that that I had."

The motivation for doing what she does, came after one overwhelming reminder.

"'Ms. Brenda he said, I'm only eight years old and look how bad my life is' and you know, how do you, how do you deal with that?"

The children are given a stuffed animal and a blanket to keep no matter where they go.

"A lot of our kids don't come with anything by the clothes are on their back so if we can send them with a full bag of clothes, stuffed animals and blankets that's what we do," Hendrix said.

"Any sort of stability that they've never had, that's what we provide them," Caseworker Bailey St. Clair said.

After the 90 days spent at the shelter, the children are sent to either a foster home, a relative's home or back home with their parents.

"I've definitely seen lives change here," Hanley said.

As of this year, the 16-person shelter has served more than 80 children.

"That's 16 extra children that when they leave here, I feel like have gotten exactly what they've needed," Hanley said.

The Texas Boys ranch is a non-profit childcare facility, foster care and adoption agency.
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