The Reverend Bob Johnson of Springfield, Missouri founded the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch in 1959. The concept was simple, provide a home for local children who had no home and no where to turn. The idea took off, and soon the pastor and his wife were caring for more than forty boys. The ranch met with much success in providing a home for those without one, and in helping to guide young lives in a positive direction.
With this success came additional requests for help. Over time the demand for services increased dramatically. Even local judicial officials began to refer juveniles who had gone astray of the law to the Ranch for rehabilitation. This placed an even larger strain on the already limited financial resources of the Ranch. Through the generosity of surrounding communities and the foresight of the board of directors, the focus of the Ranch’s mission was narrowed to serving only those who were severally troubled. This focus continues as the major part of the Ranch’s mission today.