Idaho Youth Ranch Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Idaho Youth Ranch


The Basics

Idaho Youth Ranch (IYR) is a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of services and programs for troubled youth and their families, including emergency shelter, residential care, counseling, substance abuse treatment and sober living. Located in Boise, IYR has served the community since 1953.

Accommodations and Amenities

IYR has two homes that provide shelter and residential care. The Hays Shelter is for adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18 and accommodates 12 residents for as long as services are needed (or until more permanent housing is arranged). The Ranch Campus caters to adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 and is typically a nine-month program. The facility has six beds—three for boys and three for girls.

Both homes have shared gender-specific rooms. Each resident sleeps in a twin-sized bed and has an individual bedside table and cabinet. Common areas in both homes include a game room, a media room with TV and computers, and a kitchen that serves meals three times a day. Both the Hays and Ranch Campus grounds have ample space for play, walks and fresh air.

Rules and Regulations

Although the homes cater to different age groups, the requirements for living in them are consistent. Curfews are at 6 pm and a staff member must pre-approve all trips off the premises. Residents are also required to attend one individual therapy session per week and attend the various group sessions, which include career readiness training and independent living skills. For clients following the 12 steps, there are off-campus meetings.

IYR bases all their recovery and client support on a value system that includes personal accountability and responsibility to others, honesty and integrity, respect for human worth, building on individual strengths, persistence and perseverance, and optimizing resources.

Staff includes Master’s-level technicians and an MFT.


In addition to IYR’s safe homes and counseling services, they offer animal-assisted therapies at each home. The Ranch Campus has equine therapy with multiple horses, and Hays Shelter has a trained therapy dog on the grounds.

As a nonprofit, IYR operates 29 thrift stores around the state. Youthworks! is a six-week summer job-training program.

In Summary

IYR provides a healing environment for at-risk youth with shelter, residential care and animal therapy in addition to a structured counseling program. With an active alumni association, IYR gives young people the community and opportunity to overcome obstacles and succeed in life.

Idaho Youth Ranch
5465 W Irving St
Boise, ID 83706

Idaho Youth Ranch Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Idaho Youth Ranch by phone at (208) 377-2613 or by email at [email protected] Find Idaho Youth Ranch on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+

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  1. I do have a review for the actual shelter, not the store. I’m still in my gathering evidence phase at the moment before I leave my review and figure out how I plan to proceed from here. At this point, I do not recommend it. Will come back to give an in-depth experience of my son’s visit and his meltdown (he has mental health issues and acts out when under anxiety or stress) which included adult staff members calling him a spoiled asshole and telling him his parents never disciplined him. When I have all the facts and speak to the appropriate personnel, I will finish my review.

  2. Just hate the new way those of us who have spent our dollars to get our points and now we have to spend over $20.00 at one time in order to use our $20.00. I visit a Youth Ranch weekly to see what treasure I might find and would like to be able to spend as little as I want to use up my $20.00 in credit instead of this you must spend over $20.00 to use. Today while checking out the woman in front of me just left when told she could not use her credit on her $10.00 purchase. You are going to keep losing money under this new practice. I never find anything I want for over $20.00, into smalls. Hope it changes. Another point to all of this when you issued us a card we could let our grand kids spend on it and they had a ball doing so. You are about the kids right?

  3. This organization is very disorganized. The people at the top always want the store employees to make more money but the company doesn’t care if you need more help in order to accomplish that task. Compensation is less than comparable non-profit organizations. All the employees wonder where the money is going and what all their hard work is going towards. At one time this was a great place to work and to donate, however they only want the best of the best and then charge more than regular retail. I personally would not waste my time or my donations on the Idaho Youth Ranch. I do not know how the other non-profits operate but this one is not spending a lot on the kids they claim they help. Only 6 at the actual ranch campus. It is your decision.

    • I was thinking the same thing. What kind of residential “treatment” do they really offer at risk youth? I called when we needed help with our oppositional defiant teenage son, and needed a place for him to live for a while and get therapy, and they said they can only take very few kids and only those who are homeless and without behavior problems. They have so many stores and where is all that money going? I thought they were supposed to be helping “troubled” youth.

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