DOWN HOME RANCH

A Community of Opportunity

Elgin, TX   |  www.downhomeranch.org

Mission

Empowering the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, educational, residential and vocational opportunities.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Craig Russell

Main address

20250 Fm 619

Elgin, TX 78621 USA

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EIN

74-2536461

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2016, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) published a statement regarding adults with IDD and the need for community living. They defined community living as: "Being able to live where and with whom you choose; work and earn a living wage; participate in meaningful community activities based on personal interests; have relationships with friends, family and significant others; be physically and emotionally healthy; be able to worship where and with whom you choose (if desired); have opportunities to learn, grow and make informed choices; and carry out responsibilities of citizenship such as paying taxes and voting." The statement continued that adults in such environments “have more choices and control over their lives, have more friendships, are engaged in their communities, are safer, and experience greater life satisfaction.” We work to meet this need every day.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Program

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (aka Ranchers) and staff live in family-style homes, cottages and cabins. Living in a small community gives Ranchers the chance to develop friendships, enjoy the company of others and experience the quiet of country life. We offer large private bedrooms for all residents with an emphasis on healthy eating and living with high energy, health and wellness. The Ranch is a "community of opportunity" and provides multiple housing choices.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Day Program is made up of many program areas that are focused on supporting a great life full of friendship, hard work, learning and happiness. We aim to create an empowering environment through access to opportunities, focusing on continuing education, volunteerism, vocational opportunities and community engagement. Our Monday through Friday Day Program schedule include everything from archery to yoga and plot gardening to money management.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with learning disabilities

Down Home Ranch Camp is a week-long, overnight summer camp for adults, 18+, with cognitive disabilities. We offer so many opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends. Days are filled with camp songs, swimming, arts and crafts, hanging with the Ranch animals, roasting marshmallows, paddling a boat, hiking and tons of fun! It's everything summer camp should be - and so much more.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Respite at Down Home Ranch positively impacts both people with disabilities and their caregivers. People with disabilities are invited to visit a real Texas Ranch for a few days! Our respite services provide short term assistance to caregivers by providing staff oversight and supervision with daily living tasks. Respite can be from 2 to 14 days in length; options are based on availability. The service can be provided in either a group home setting with trained live-in staff or in a small independent living setting in the Down Home Ranch Village with staff just a phone call away.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Too often, people with IDD are defined by their diagnosis and limitations. After high school, they tend to become socially isolated due and have little interaction with people outside their family. They also have fewer vocational opportunities open to them, since many companies misperceive people with IDD as needing too much support to be successful. Adults with any form of disability are half as likely to find employment as their peers and those with IDD fare the worst--nine out of 10 are unemployed. Socially marginalized and with few career opportunities, adults with IDD can struggle to achieve a meaningful, joy-filled life.

Unless they live at Down Home Ranch.

Down Home Ranch is on a mission to empower the lives of people with IDD through social, educational, residential and vocational opportunities (SERV).

Down Home Ranch is an integrated service delivery program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In 2018, DHR provided care and enrichment to a diverse community of 158 program participants. Empowering the lives of people with IDD through innovative social, educational, residential and vocational programming, DHR propels personal growth while providing superior care and community integration. Program participants were served in the following four programs-

Residential: DHR supports both shared and independent (without staff) residential choices for people living with IDD and provides a diverse range of housing options centered around the unique needs of each client. Independent living at the Ranch includes six one-person micro-homes and two double-occupancy homes. All living options help create a “tribe” for residents. Friendships are formed, and DHR has a community within the community that allows clients to grow and share with others facing similar experiences. In addition to a large, private bedroom (or private home) with modern amenities, DHR Residential services also include access to quality, full-time nursing services, onsite counseling, and case management; food services and nutrition planning; and transportation to scheduled appointments with medical professionals.

Day Program: DHR's day program fosters a sense of community and encourages social connection while supporting the development of autonomy, self-determination, self-advocacy and leadership skills. Lifelong learning is a critical component of personal growth. DHR’s programming focuses on providing appropriately ambitious goals, challenging objectives, high-quality instruction and related supports and services needed to fully engage in meaningful personal growth. Beyond traditional day programming, every client is encouraged to participate in the larger surrounding community through outings, day trips and volunteer opportunities at partner agencies like nursing homes, animal shelters, food banks and other nonprofit organizations. As the larger community integration has grown, DHR clients have been embraced by the surrounding communities.

Ranch Camp: Camp is a week-long, overnight summer camp for adults. There are so many opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends. Days are filled with camp songs, swimming, arts and crafts, hanging with the Ranch animals, roasting marshmallows, paddling a boat, hiking and tons of fun! It's everything summer camp should be - and so much more.

Respite: The DHR respite program gives caretakers the opportunity to take a break while their loved one visits a real Texas Ranch! Respite services provide short term assistance to caregivers by providing staff oversight and supervision with daily living tasks. Respite can be from 2 to 14 days in length; options are based on availability. The service can be provided in either a group home setting with trained live-in staff or in an independent setting.

The 410 acres that make up Down Home Ranch is the perfect environment for living, learning and experiencing community. We have the capacity for thirty seven individuals to live on the Ranch. We have additional capacity in the city of Elgin for ten more residents. We have a best in class day program that is conducted onsite for our residents and those in the community that benefit from our services. We maintain a 8 to 1 staffing ratio to ensure the people we serve are engaged in the activities that they choose.

Our Enterprise program is the backbone of the onsite work program. We have employment opportunities in horticulture, animal husbandry, Inn keepers, wood working, laser operations, development, administration and food preparation. We provide an atmosphere that mirrors the traditional processes for applying for a job, interviewing and accepting positions. We have job coaching that provides the individuals with the support they need to be successful. Our onsite employment are real jobs that require commitment and professionalism. All of our positions pay at least minimum wage.

We have partnered with the local community to provide employment opportunities in the city for the people that want to work off the Ranch. We use the same job coaching process to ensure the resident becomes proficient in the required job duties.

Having a great place to live and work that provides a high level of socialization is what makes Down Home Ranch unique.

Down Home Ranch's residential program has increased from 32 to 44 residents. We have the capacity to accept 3 more residents. We opened up our day program to non-residents and now serve a total of 54 people. We increase staff so we could maintain an 1 to 8 staffing ratio. We created an independent living program that uses two bedroom cottages and micro-houses to provide living opportunities that meet the needs of the individual.

We updated our mission statement and changed our logo to reflect the change in vision and culture of the organization. We are focused on individual choice and building community.

The future of the organization lies in the surrounding communities. We will be opening day programs in different cities around the Ranch to ensure we are providing opportunities to people who cannot come to us. There is a need in these communities for all of the services we have to offer and we will be providing them. The Ranch will be the hub for everything we do as we grow. The people we serve will have the opportunity to choose where they want to receive services on a daily basis. It will be through their decisions that the organization will grow its programs.

Financials

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DOWN HOME RANCH

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gary Holliday

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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