A future of growth with a continued and concentrated focus on the people we serve and the programs that provide those services. Expand to 50 residents living on the Ranch and in the local communities. A determination to provide unique and exceptional programs, with greater independence, lessened government dependence, more sustainability, superior stewardship of land, resources and little to no debt


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


“Empowering the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, educational, residential and vocational opportunities”
Down Home Ranch accomplishes its mission by
  • Providing residency for 38 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 IDD 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 2018

Program, Capital and Administrative Goals include:
  • Growing to 43 adults with IDD, 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
Want to see detailed information on the financials of Down Home Ranch?
Check out our Annual Report for 2017 here.