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
Care (respect for all dignity, choice), Community (friends, cohorts, others), Integrity (accountability, commitment, honesty), Prosperity/Independence (sustainability, little debt), Resourcefulness (hard work, education, dedication, curiosity, vision), Safety (security, comfort well-being, a calm environment)
Down Home Ranch is a working farm and ranch for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) such as Down syndrome, and those who choose to live and work beside them.

Down Home Ranch accomplishes its mission by

  • Providing residency for 36 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 2016

Program, Capital and Administrative Goals include:
  • Growing to 40 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.
  • Building the Community Center, Enterprise Center, Pavilion Island, Pool enclosure, two tiny-houses; repairing roads; funding the Welcoming Center and Chapel
  • 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