About Parks Youth Ranch


To provide emergency shelter, counseling and life changing services to abused and neglected youth.

Our Story

Parks Youth Ranch opened their doors in 2011 to provide emergency shelter, counseling, and life changing services to abused and neglected youth ages 7-17. The ranch sits on eight acres of land and has two fully stocked fishing ponds — providing children in crisis the therapeutic effects of nature and the comforting aesthetics of a family-style ranch home. Located on the ranch property are three facilities: the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Emergency Shelter, the George Counseling Center, and the Fort Bend Junior Service League Recreation Center.


Through strong and effective community partnerships with a sustainable financial base, the youth receiving care at the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch will be empowered with coping skills, hope and achievable goals and no longer at risk of being homeless.


The shelter program operated by Parks Youth Ranch, Inc is offered to youth ages 7 to 17 for up to 90 days. Shelter, education and mental health are our primary focus areas for the residents at Parks Youth Ranch. Individual and group counseling services are available to all residents at The George Counseling Center.

The primary objectives of both the shelter and counseling center programs are to provide an in-depth assessment of the individual challenges that keep the youth out of the home and develop a well thought out and realistic plan that addresses the unique circumstances of each resident. Permanency, stability, safety and emotional well-being in after care placements are the optimal goals for each youth.

Ranch Shelter Information

  • Education provided to our residents by Fort Bend Independent School District. Transportation to school provided by the district and shelter staff.
  • Arrangements made by shelter staff with outside service providers for tutoring, life skills, psychological testing, substance abuse and behavior modification as needed.
  • Transportation by shelter staff for residents to medical and dental services and other appointments as necessary.
  • Referrals made to other agencies as appropriate.

Board of Directors


Shannan Stavinoha


Jimmy Fenwick


Jonathan Chapman


Brad Whatley, CPA


Jim Murray

Jim Brown
Afshi Charania
Kris Cobb
Aaron Dobbs
Liz Furman
Kevin Hogan
Michael Madden
Mary E. Mason
Elsa Malakoff Maxey
Laura Richard
Katina Scott
Patricia Somers
Dr. David Tripulas
James Woodfin

Home for today, Hope for tomorrow


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