Our Forever Home

Home to Friends of the children central oregon

What began as a dream to provide space for active learning, discovery, and healing for the children we serve finally took shape in the fall of 2021. The Friends Ranch is a permanent refuge for Friends and youth to connect, build resiliency, and feel safe.

The location is intentional; being centrally located and accessible to youth throughout our region. Owning property between the Bend and Redmond city limits will improve our organizations’ sustainability over the long-term, and enable equitable access for children in Crook and Jefferson Counties.

Here our youth will find their spark and reach out for the futures they so greatly deserve.

Friends of the Children Central Oregon Forever Home
Impacting children's lives together

Our Mission

Impacting generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors – 12+ years, no matter what.

Support Central Oregon kids with Friends of the Children

Building a Future

Our Central Oregon community rallied behind us in the midst of the pandemic to raise enough funds to secure the ranch in late 2020. Thanks to them we are just over halfway to our goal of 1.4 million.

Just as our Friends build Road Maps to success with each of our youth, we too set out to create a strategic and comprehensive Master Plan for the development of the Friends Ranch. Our growth will mirror our kids’: steady and intentional, with eyes always on the future. This phased approach will allow us to remain focused on program impact and drive youth outcomes, while building out our space to accommodate kids as they reach adolescence and beyond.

Phase 1 Projects

Farm to Table, The Learning Lounge, and The Rec Room

Phase 2 Projects

The STEAM Lab, The Balance Room, and Teen Territory

Phase 3 Projects

The Back Woods and Outdoor Classroom

Phase4 Projects

The Spark Center

Core Assets

Friends of the Children have nine research-based Core Assets, which are specific qualities we focus on to encourage the social and emotional development of our youth. Our intentionality around Core Assets is what sets us apart and supports our youth entering adulthood with a solid foundation for future success.

Perseverance and Grit



Problem Solving

Find Your Spark

Positive Relationship Building




Growth Mindset

Our Values

Our values guide us to achieve our mission. Each value applies not only to our youth, Friends and program teams, but also applies to all Friends of the Children employees, volunteers and partners. We use our values to make informed decisions; to hire, coach, manage; and most importantly, we use our values to change the way the world treats and views the youth and families we serve.

Put Children first

Build Relationships on Love

Commit to Empowerment

Pursue Goals Relentlessly

Demand Equity

Friends Ranch Summer School Program

Get Involved

Generational change starts with you. We’re always looking for volunteers who want to help.

Upcoming Events

Drinks with Friends

Monday  |  TBD
Join us at Friends Ranch to see where our program youth spend quality time with their Friends. We’ll be starting this again soon!


November 2023  |  TBD
Our signature fundraising event of the year raises crucial funds for Friends of the Children Central Oregon’s operations.



PO Box 6028, Bend, OR 97708
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