Current Openings

Criteria for Residency

  • At least age 18 and older and finished with high school
  • Desire to live on a genuine working Texas ranch
  • Do not pose a danger to themselves or others
  • Are able to benefit from the social, educational, residential and vocational programs offered by Down Home Ranch
  • Are capable of maintaining behavior which does not disrupt the peaceful life of the community
  • Wish to live in close proximity to friends and co-workers on the Ranch

Rancher Should desire

  • To be able to benefit from life in the Down Home Ranch community
  • To be able and willing to contribute to the community in the setting currently available.

Residency is open to applicants meeting the above criteria regardless of socioeconomic level, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or national origin.

The secret of L’Arche is relationship: meeting people, not through the filters of certitudes, ideologies, idealism or judgments, but heart to heart; listening to people with their pain, their joy, their hope, their history, listening to their heart beats.
– Jean Vanier, L’Arche founder

SIGN UP TO LIVE AT DOWN HOME RANCH

When a vacancy occurs, the interest list is consulted to find potential matches for the living situation and residential option available. Ranchers living in a home play an important role in selecting the new community member.

Those interested in residency should complete the interest form, consider joining our email list, visit our website often and check out Facebook for news and upcoming events. The Residency Interest List Forms will be reviewed by a member of our staff and families will be contacted if their applicant appears to be a good match

click to complete a residency INTEREST form 

If you would rather complete the residency interest process offline, please download the Residency Interest List Form, fill it out and email it to [email protected].


Residency Options at Down Home Ranch

The village is made up of Ranch housing with 18 different buildings. Each of the following except the HCS group home option is on the Ranch. Case Management and Medical Case Management are included with each residential option. The level of involvement of the case manager and nurse is based on the identified needs of the Rancher being served.

Intermediate Care Facility Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (ICF/IDD) Group Home

ICF/IDD is a program payed through Medicaid, and there is no waiting list. Potential residents must simply be out of high school, need support with daily living task, have a determination of an intellectual disability before the age of 18 or a developmental disability before the age of 22. Read more about ICF/IDD

Home and Community Based Services (HCS) Group Home

HCS is a waiver program paid through Medicaid for which there exists a 10-15 year waiting list. Ranchers live in the city limits of Elgin and are transported to the ranch daily for programs. Read more about HCS.

Private Pay (PP) Group Home

PP is a program that provides many of the same supports as an ICF/IDD or HCS group home, but is for Ranchers who pay privately for services. Read more about PP

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

SIL is a program that is open to Rancher who private pay and HCS. Ranchers live independently on the Ranch with support only when needed. Read more about SIL.

PAYING FOR Residency

WE ACCEPT

  • Private Pay
  • Home and Community Based Services Waiver (HCS)
  • Intermediate Care Facility Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (ICF/IDD)

COST

  • Private Pay is $3600 a month
    • Room and board and Day Program are included
    • Any additional fee is paid by the Rancher
    • Ranch sponsored events and transportation
  • HCS is covered by Medicaid
    • Room and Board is paid separately and is typically covered by Social Security Income
    • Individuals are responsible for paying Medical copays
    • Day Program, and other services are paid through HCS
    • Ranch sponsored events and transportation
  • ICF/IDD is covered by Medicaid
    • Room and Board is paid separately and is typically covered by Social Security Income
    • Day Program, all medical necessary copays and aids are covered at no additional charge
    • Any elective medical aid is not covered
    • Ranch sponsored events and transportation

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • Some activities may have an additional fee for entry

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