Vision

A future of growth, with up to 50 residents living on 410 acres, including people with ID, staff, families, retirees, interns and volunteers, with the Ranch providing  unique and exceptional programs, with greater independence, lessened government dependence, more sustainability, superior stewardship of land, animals and resources, little or no debt and a growing endowment

Values

Respect, compassion and furtherance for those we serve
Honesty and integrity without compromise
Security and safety in all actions and decisions
Stewardship and sustainability of human and material resources
Proactive resourcefulness, taking the initiative, and being the solution
Preference for a rural community lifestyle

Mission

“Elevating the lives of people with intellectual disabilities”
 
Down Home Ranch accomplishes its mission by
  • Providing residency for 39 people with ID in 6-bed, 4-bed, 3-bed, 2-bed and 1-bed homes
  • Providing OJT and paid employment, with diverse job opportunities and options
  • Providing a community for people with and without ID who like “country” where they enjoy companionship, friendships, fun, travel, recreation and a very active lifestyle
  • Integrating itself into the local, rural community and the larger Austin metropolitan community, while becoming increasingly active on the national stage
  • Seeking to be on the cutting edge in creating an entrepreneurial organization that attracts people interested in disability, horticulture, agriculture, environment, good stewardship

Goals For 2017

Program, Capital and Administrative Goals include:
  • Growing to 43 adults with ID, providing residency, employment and community
  • Expanding enterprise opportunities to include jewelry making, photo scanning, embroidery, weaving, photo framing/matting, wood products, data entry and more
  • Creating healthier lifestyles through Special Olympics, weight watchers, Healthy Habits classes, walking, swimming, kayaking, pumping iron, exercising and more
  • Restraining expenses, increasing income, cutting energy use and cost, using resources (e.g. water, electricity, vehicles) wisely, building the endowment
  • Achieving a balanced operating budget, with income growing faster than expenses