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Desert Haven Animal Refuge is operated by The Sierra County Humane Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the welfare of animals and governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

Lone Tree Inc. is a non-profit, non-denominational 501(c) 3 organization.

The First Lone Tree Camp started in 1975 just outside Glendo, Wyoming. The first couple of years were very rustic. Camp for the first year consisted of a one hand water pump, a converted chicken coop for a cabin and an old stone house fixed up for a kitchen and dining room. Activities were chosen for their adventure and excitement: horseback riding, rodeo, archery, mountain rappelling, and white water canoe trips to mention a few. Each year the camp grew, new buildings were added and the facilities improved greatly.

As the camp continued to grow the board was concerned that it not develop into another large impersonal camp facility. The board decided rather than build a larger facility, they would help start another camp at a new location with the same goals and purpose. In 1980, land was located in Capitan, NM and the second Lone Tree Bible Ranch was started. Funds were very tight at the time and the Wyoming camp was unable to support the New Mexico Camp, so once again things were rustic and very basic. Tim and Charlene Worrell came down from Wyoming to begin this new Camp in Capitan.

Home for the first two months for Tim, Charlene and their two Children was an 8×10 foot canvas tent. Their children were 2 years old and 5 months old at that time. A logging permit was secured on the Apache reservation and using an old horse and a borrowed harness, logs were hauled out of the forest for the construction of the first New Mexico camp lodge. Chainsaws were used to shape the logs and construction began.

For the first two years water was hauled from Capitan (9 miles away). A sawmill was donated soon after and all lumber for construction came off the camp’s sawmill. In 1982 the New Mexico camp was ready to open (although very rustic). Each year camp has developed and improved in the program, staff and facilities, both in Wyoming and New Mexico. Today, there are six Lone Tree ministries in operation. Two in Wyoming, the Fort, and the Ranch; and four in New Mexico, the Fort, the Lake, the Ranch, and Navaho Missions. God has blessed these ministries tremendously and is continuing to meet our needs daily.


The BGCSC is a non-profit organization opened in 2008, 250 unduplicated youth 6th grade through 12th grade in the community. Years of research confirm that youth who participate in after school programs can reap a host of positive academic, social, prevention, and health benefits, such as: improved academic achievement, improved social and developmental outcomes, increased percentage of healthy lifestyles, and increased knowledge of nutrition and exercise. The research further shows that out-of-school time activities for youth have posi tive impacts on a range of prevention outcomes includ ing avoidance of drug and alcohol use, decreases in delinquency and violent behavior, increased knowledge of safe sex, avoidance of sexual activity, and reduction in juvenile crime.


The Boys and Girls Club of Sierra County offers tutoring and homework help, academic enrichment, the arts, music, computer technology, as well as character development and leadership programs, college and career readiness, and recreational activities for youth members between the ages of 12 and 18, or 6th through 12th grade. Youth not in school and adult learner can access the computer lab and tutoring room during non-club hours. Service learning, on-the-job training, and internships are available.


When school is out, the Boys and Girls Club is in. During the school year we are open no less than 20 hours per week. Summer hours are no less than 30 hours per week.

Youth Programming: Monday through Friday, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Times are typically extended during summer months to 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Administrative: Monday through Thursday 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM


AppleTree Educational Center is a 5 STAR, nationally accredited, faith-based, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing comprehensive family support services. Our mission is to meet the needs of the ‘whole child’ by providing high-quality and affordable programs for Sierra County families with children. AppleTree Educational Center offers early care and education to all children birth to five, in a center-based environment with small teacher-to-child ratios. AppleTree provides New Mexico PreK and afterschool care, comprehensive services that address health and wellness, community and economic development, recreation, and education.

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We provide free pregnancy tests and support services to men and women facing an unplanned pregnancy. We also provide educational information and practical support through our “Earn While You Learn Program” to men and women in our community free of charge.


Veterans organization supporting Sierra County! Located at 1005 Butte Blvd.(formally Hwy 195) in Elephant Butte.

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