Bluebonnet Youth Ranch continues to help neglected children

What started as an attempt to help one family, turned into a local movement to help many children

YOAKUM, Texas –  In the 1960s, Attorney Charles Kvinta approached businessman Claud Jacobs about a family whose five children needed care and shelter. They offered to help the family, whose father unexpectedly passed away and mother was unable to properly care for her children.

Over time, an Austin judge filed a court order against Kvinta and Jacobs. Although both men had good intentions, they were running an unlicensed home for neglected children in the State of Texas. Consequently, Kvinta started a charter called the “Boys Village of Yoakum” in 1968. Seven other board members joined in to incorporate the establishment under the Texas Secretary of State.

According to Bluebonnet’s records in 1968, the cost per child to stay in their facility was approximately $2,700. Fortunately, Ana Barre donated 40 acres of her land to the “Boys Village of Yoakum” in 1969. During this decade, the second wave of feminism emerged in the U.S. As a result, the establishment changed it’s name to Bluebonnet Youth Ranch. It also began housing girls in need of shelter.
In 1970, the board began fundraising to help maintain each child. They then started a building committee, who approved a master plan for more building donations, such as a second cottage, a chapel and a warehouse for storage. Following the development of a master plan, a building fund campaign was implemented to keep raising annual monetary donations, machinery, livestock and canned goods. Finally, Bluebonnet Youth Ranch was able to open their doors in 1972.
Bluebonnet Youth Ranch is now licensed to serve 30 children from infants to 18-year-olds. According to their website, the facility accepts children who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. It also provides a safe, healthy and family-oriented environment for south Texas children.