“They come here and they know they’re safe. They see positive role
Providing a Farmland
Dixie Land Inc.
and Sunrise Realty,
Oasis for Foster Kids
Ginger Dowdle’s 60-acre ranch has become a healing, educational
retreat for foster boys and other children in her;community.
By Erica Christoffer
Horses run in an open field, friendly dogs greet newcomers, and there’s usually at least one boy with a fishing line in the pond. This is The Shepherd’s Watch
Ministries, on the outskirts of Statesville, N.C., at the
corner of Redemption Road. The street name couldn’t
be more fitting.
Ginger Dowdle—who owns a home construction
business, Dixie Land Inc., and Sunrise Realty—is the
founder of Shepherd’s Watch Ministries, a 60-acre
farm where she and her husband, Steve, run a summer
camp for the community and a year-round residential
program for foster children and at-risk youth.
Deeply connected to her Christian faith, Dowdle
felt a calling to work with troubled youth, specifically
teenage boys in foster care, who are often the hard-
est to place. In 2006, she and Steve, who were recent
newlyweds, obtained a foster care license. They have
since cared for 20 boys between the ages of 13 and 18.
“It’s sad what some of these young people go through—
the loss of parents and of friends they’ve had to move
away from. And often they’re also the victims of sexual
abuse,” Dowdle says. “But God still puts love in their
Daniel Crouse had just turned 17 when he moved in