Refuge Ranch is an adoptive home, headed by Victor and Julie Zaragoza, for abandoned children
that's located in central Mexico. Receiving a home school education and helping the family tend to the animals and garden
on the ranch are two of the many ways in which abandoned children find
the love, nurture, freedom and structure necessary to become all that God wants them to be.
Scroll down this page to meet the family of Victor and Julie, the staff of Refuge Ranch, and some images of life on the ranch!
The Family of Refuge Ranch
The Zaragoza Family
Victor and Julie's oldest biological son, was born in Indiana in
April of 2001.
March of 2004, Angie
her sister Diana,
who were 9 and 10 years old,
Two weeks later, Victor and Julie's second biological son, Caleb, was born.
Caleb was two months old,
alone from her mountain village seeking treatment at an EMMC.
Ruth, Victor and Julie's third biological child, was born in November of 2005.
of the family since her birth in August of 2006. While pregnant,
Ana’s birth mother,
July of 2007,
at age 7, joined the family after an EMMC,
When Martita was two years old her mother died during childbirth. After eleven years of abusive treatment from her
alcoholic father, stepmother, and other family members, Martita sought safety at a Christian mission. The missionaries
contacted Victor and Julie who welcomed Martita into their family in February of 2008 when she was 13 years old.
In July of 2009, Daniel,
the family at the age of 21 months when his birth mother
Jocelin joined the family at the age of 7 in August of 2009 upon the sudden death of her single mother, Victor’s sister.
is Martita's biological sister. For almost two years after Martita
joined the family, attempts were made to also bring
In February of 2011, Victor and Julie added five siblings to their family – Fatima, Leo, Miguel, Carolina, and David,
who ranged in age from 10 to 2. Their mother had left them to the care of their elderly grandmother
who was unable to adequately meet their needs.
joined the Zaragoza family in November of 2011 at the age of 11 after
having spent those first 11 years
The Staff of Refuge Ranch
Cirino Cruz is a mason by trade and heads all of the building projects at the ranch.
He also takes care of the livestock and does general handyman work.
He and his wife Nancy have two children, Berenice & Bernabe.
left her restaurant business to work full time as the cook at both
Adrian & Vero Tovar serve at both Refuge Ranch and on the crusades.
LIfe on Refuge Ranch