Join the Auxiliary

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Romans 8:28

Become a Member! ...or pay annual dues

As a member, you may be as active as your schedule permits.   There are committees to join and projects to manage.   You may also support us as an inactive member with your dues and/or donations.

Dues cover our general and administrative expenses and are not tax deductible.   


All donations are tax deductible and go toward our program services for the children of Big Oak Ranch.  Donations should be mailed to the Auxiliary address below.   

Newsletters are distributed to members throughout the year to keep you updated on all Auxiliary news.

The annual dues are $75.00.   


Send a check made payable to “The Auxiliary of Big Oak Ranch” to:


                           The Auxiliary of Big Oak Ranch

                           P.O. Box 530887

                           Mountain Brook, AL.  35253-0887


Include your address, phone number(s) and email address.

Or pay now using PayPal.

Meeting Information

The Auxiliary meets monthly from September to May to hear someone directly connected with the Ranch tell his or her “story.” Whether they are a houseparent, board member, staff member, resource/relief parent, or a former resident, they always have a unique perspective to share with us. From these meetings, members are able to learn different ways they can help the children through supporting the houseparents and staff at the Ranch.




2nd Tuesday of the Month (September to May)


The meeting starts at 10:30. Enjoy visiting and goodies prior to the meeting.

Heritage Hall

Mountain Brook Baptist Church

3631 Montevallo Road

Birmingham, AL.   35213


Members of the Auxiliary may sign up to be a part of one or more of our different ministries.



Card Ministry

Each boy, girl, housemom, and housedad is assigned to a member who prays for that person and also sends cards on special occasions.


Boutique and Outfitters

In June 2007, The Auxiliary opened the “Boutique” at the Girls’ Ranch to provide items for the girls that may not be covered in the Big Oak budget. In March 2008, the “Outfitters” was opened at the Boys’ Ranch to provide the boys with a similar opportunity.


The children earn “points” for academic achievements, good behavior, and going above and beyond what is required in the home. These points are used to purchase new items in the Boutique and Outfitters – all of which are provided solely by The Auxiliary.


Members sign up to volunteer for the monthly visits to both the Boutique and the Outfitters. This is a great opportunity to get to know other Auxiliary members, the Ranch staff, and the children. Come help the children have a wonderful shopping experience!!!


Housemothers’ Brunch

Each December, The Auxiliary honors the housemothers at a Christmas brunch in Hudson Hall at Mountain Brook Baptist Church.   Auxiliary members bring their favorite brunch food, enjoy the time to visit with each other and the housemothers, and then get to hear the house moms share a favorite story from the past year.   


Housemothers Retreat

Every year in February the housemothers of Big Oak Ranch gather at Melissa and Jeff Gunnells’ farm for a time of rest and relaxation, Bible study, fellowship and delicious food.    Members are given the opportunity to make donations to cover the expenses, provide food and pray for the housemothers as they are away from their families for the weekend.


Prayer Ministry

Brodie Croyle has shared with The Auxiliary that the most important thing the members can do for the children of Big Oak Ranch is to pray specifically for the children to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This can be done individually or in an intercessory prayer group.


Additional Ways the Auxiliary supports (or has supported) the Ranch

  • The Auxiliary of Big Oak Ranch Resource Home

  • Laptops for graduating high school seniors

  • Christmas candy for stockings at Christmas

  • Birthday money for each child

  • Weekend retreat for housemothers

  • Big 12 Club sponsorships

  • Easter baskets and candy

  • Restaurant gift certificates for each Ranch family

  • Bedroom furniture for all Girls’ Ranch homes

  • Drums for Westbrook Christian School’s drumline