In 1999, 160 acres north of Edmond and west of Guthrie was purchased and donated to Peppers Ranch with the goal of developing a long-term residential care facility providing quality, planned care for abused and neglected boys. The first home opened in April 2002, the second in March 2005, the McClendon Equestrian Center was completed in November 2005, and the Watts Ag Center was completed in May 2006.
In January of 2008, Peppers Ranch began an extensive study on how we could help more children while maximizing the investment of our donor base. After thoroughly researching what other states were doing, we found three foster care communities, one each in Illinois, Washington and Texas. We spoke with all three on numerous occasions, visited the Texas site, learned how they operated, and analyzed the advantages compared to our existing group home model. Following this thorough evaluation, Peppers Ranch became the first foster care community in Oklahoma in early 2009.