Tuesday, April 26, 2016 was truly a monumental day for Family Ministries with the groundbreaking of our newest Children’s Home at Chaffee Crossing, Arkansas. With a tremendous donation of $1.875 million, plans are well underway for this major project.
Cliff and Opal Young were lifelong residents of Oregon County, Missouri, where they homesteaded 120 acres of land along the Arkansas and Missouri borders. They were active in their church and community as long as their health allowed. They were beef producers and increased their land holdings to approximately 2200 acres of mostly ranch land by 2008. In 1967 Cliff started a car business with the opening of Young’s Auto Sales in Myrtle, Missouri. Later his son Curtis would join him and they would increase to three retail locations and began a wholesale auto business which grew into one of the largest wholesale automobile businesses in the Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri area. Opal passed away in 1986 after a long battle with cancer. Cliff lived several more years and passed away at the age of 84 in 2007.
Son Curt never married and after the death of his father, established a revocable trust with instructions to the trustee to establish a Christian based facility for troubled or neglected boys and girls. His wishes were for the facility to provide such sustenance, housing, recreation, personal needs, clothing and Christian based counseling and supervision as shall be required to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children the facility receives. He also requested that the name of the facility incorporate the names of his parents, Cliff and Opal Young in honor of his parents. Curt had a heart for kids and often voiced his concern that children have the opportunity to grow up in an environment where they were protected from drugs, abuse and violence. Curt passed on October 13, 2008 at the age of fifty from complications he had while undergoing a routine heart procedure. Carrying out his wishes, the board of directors of the Curt, Cliff and Opal Young Ranch, Inc., conducted research and feasibility studies and agreed to partner with the Free Will Baptist Family Ministries and provide funding for the establishment of the home at Chaffee Crossing near Fort Smith, Arkansas, to care for children and it shall be called the Curt, Cliff and Opal Young Children’s Home. President Frank Woods of Free Will Baptist Family Ministries (FWBFM) states, “We are truly humbled to receive a gift of this magnitude. I am so thankful that God is so faithful in meeting the needs of this Ministry. I truly give God praise for this gift.”
Pictured left to right: Randy Trivette, (FWBFM CFO), Loren Barton, Remona Bennett, Shirley Woods, Frank Woods, (FWBFM Executive Director), Kenneth Winningham, (FWBFM Field Representative) & Ed Stahlman. (Mr. Barton, Ms. Bennett, and Mr. Stahlman are the Board of Directors for the Curt, Cliff and Opal Young Ranch, Inc.)
April 26th Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Curt, Cliff & Opal Young Children’s Home