Our Resident Ranchers
Our residents are called “Ranchers” not only because they live on a 50-acre Ranch in the heart of Arizona’s scenic Verde Valley but because they display the best qualities of the pioneers who first settled here. The title of “Rancher” is earned by our residents based on their self-sufficient, resilient, positive approach to life. Ranchers serve as reliable neighbors, know the value of hard work, have the strength to persevere in the face of adversity, and, at the end of the day, know they are dependent upon the providence of a higher power.
Our Ranchers come from across the U.S., from Alaska to Florida, from New York to Hawaii. In addition to a wide geographic area, Rainbow Acres serves adults with developmental disabilities from a broad spectrum of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Ranchers come from diverse faith communities. Our residents have a wide variety and degree of cognitive and developmental disabilities, including but not limited to the Autism spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Fragile X and Developmental Delay from various causes.
Ranchers range from 18 years old to well into their 80’s, but chronological age is not as important as developmental age and empowering each individual to explore their abilities and discover a purpose. Here, Ranchers learn life and vocational skills that can be applied to everything they do, from individual pursuits and group activities, to volunteering or working in the community. Family members often say they had no idea that their loved one had so many hidden talents and abilities until they became part of this community.
The glory of Rainbow Acres is not only an inspiring story of how people with developmental disabilities find a community to thrive in, it’s witnessing Ranchers triumph over challenges and realize their full potential. We nurture the unique abilities of our residents, and welcome new Ranchers with great enthusiasm. The arrival of a new Rancher is one of the most exciting events here. Even during their first visit, a prospective Rancher will be greeted with smiles and excitement by current Ranchers and will often be asked, “Are you coming to Rainbow Acres?” followed up with an affirmation: “We want you to live in our house!”
It’s all about the Ranchers: offering them freedom of choice, empowering all to achieve personal growth, having friends who accept them unconditionally, and discovering purpose in life. Come and see the Ranchers discovering joy in their lives, living in the safety and security of the Rainbow Acres community!