In 2013, Founder Renee Hanson became aware of the foster care crisis in the State of Arizona through a series of articles that appeared in the local newspaper. She began to investigate ways she could help and discovered a huge need for support for young men living in group homes and the vision to give these young men an opportunity to become strong leaders and leave a positive legacy for future generations was born.
In October of 2015 Raising Arizona’s Men became an official 501c3 charity. With the help of her family and friends, the mission to stand in the gap, offer support, and lead young men to Christ, began through relationships created at the monthly event called Skills Day. Since then, RAM Ministries has not only been teaching life skills on Skills Day. RAM has expanded its support through a Summer retreat every July, a weekly Bible Study called the Meeting of Men, and its Launch Pad program that provides housing and support for young men who have aged out of foster care.
Raising Arizona’s Men works hard to give young men the tools they need to become strong leaders, dedicated employees, committed husbands, and devoted fathers, and is dedicated to creating an environment that allows these young men to heal, grow, and achieve success while developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
About the Founder
Renee Hanson is a third-generation Arizona native. She has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1985. Together, they raised 3 wonderful children and currently have 7 grandsons and 1 beautiful granddaughter.
In 2021 Renee closed her massage practice and began working full time for RAM. Her husband Randy along with their children and their spouses, continue to volunteer their time to answer God’s call to support the young men of Arizona living in foster care group homes.