January Growing Season!

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Do you love to get your fingers in the dirt and make things grow?

Adults with developmental disabilities, called Ranchers at Rainbow Acres, have many different talents and abilities. Some like to play the piano, some like to paint, others like to weave beautiful rugs and placemats.

But several Ranchers like to get their fingers in the dirt and make things grow!

Rainbow Acres has three greenhouses and 50 acres of property, much of which requires landscape maintenance – planting and pruning included.

Cilantro - for flavor!

Cilantro – for flavor!

Dill and Tomatoes

Dill and Tomatoes

Today’s images are from the greenhouse this morning – January 23, in the middle of winter! Look what’s coming up from the hard work and talent of Ranchers and employees and volunteers who help!

Cabbage heads are hidden in these beautiful green leaves!

Cabbage heads are hidden in these beautiful green leaves!

Snap peas - yummy!

Snap peas – yummy!

Rancher Choir – Two Performances in January

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adults with developmental disabilities sing

Rancher Choir

Rainbow Acres is pleased to have opportunities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities to praise God with music! The complete Rancher Choir is pictured above, performing at a dinner for families and friends a little over a year ago. The Choir has members who love to sing and participate in concerts and shows. Any member of our Rainbow Acres community may join, so long as they are willing to attend regular practice.

The Traveling Rancher Choir members must audition for the privilege to go to worship services near and far to sing for congregations of longtime and faithful, as well as new, friends of Rainbow. Some trips take the 12-14 member Choir out of state, while others are closer to home in the Verde Valley and Sedona area.

These Choirs are directed and accompanied by Mark Larson and Dave Perkins, with assistance from Diane Turner.

During January, you can catch the Traveling Rancher Choir at two different services in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. These worship families and our family welcome visitors – feel free to come!

The Rancher Choir will be performing

SUNDAY, January 11

9:00 a.m.

Pioneer RV Park

Pioneer Village, Arizona

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SUNDAY, January 18

Time: TBA – probably 10:15 a.m.

Mesa Regal RV Resort

4700 East Main Street

Mesa, Arizona

Please join us !

Christmas Blessings from North Ranch Elementary!

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The Ranchers at Rainbow Acres received a unique surprise this Christmas season: Heartfelt gifts from young people spreading joy. Students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade at North Ranch Elementary School in Scottsdale, Arizona ‘adopted’ Rainbow Acres Ranchers this Christmas. They sent them decorated notes, handcrafted cards, paper snowflakes and decorated paper boxes. One card, carefully decorated on the outside says, “Dear Rainbow Acres Rancher, I’m a fifth grader at North Ranch. Merry Christmas! Here’s some advice – ask someone for some cookies or candy. It helps almost anything! From, your friend.”
These one of a kind creations were accompanied by a generous donation of gift cards that were part of a gift card drive at the school this holiday season. School Nurse Dee Smith led this idea through the school, creating enthusiasm. She told people at the school more about Rainbow Acres, and teachers, students and families gave to contribute to this gift. We are so grateful for the kind of gift we received from Dee – the gift of sharing the story of Rainbow Acres.

K-5 grades give to adults with developmental disabilities

Gifts from North Ranch Elementary School students

At Rainbow Acres, the Ranchers know they have friends in many places, but what a joy it is to make new ones. We’d like to echo back the sentiment of one of the cards. It said, “I bet you will have a great future. Happy Holidays. I am from North Ranch Elementary School.”
To the students of North Ranch Elementary School- we bet YOU will have a great future as well. We are so excited to see young people learning to give and spread joy. Thank you SO MUCH from the Ranchers of Rainbow Acres!

AZ Senior Care Pharmacy employees help Rainbow Acres

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Two nurses from AZ Senior Care Pharmacy, Lora Reynolds and Morgan Keener, drove from Phoenix to Camp Verde this morning to deliver some Christmas cheer to a special residential community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Rainbow Acres helped by nurses

Lora Reynolds and Morgan Keenan from AZ Senior Care Pharmacy

Nearly all of the 98 Ranchers at Rainbow Acres utilize the services of AZ Senior Care Pharmacy to deliver whatever medications they may need. They have been the pharmacy of choice for Rainbow for many years, and a good relationship has been built between the two. Last year, AZ Senior Care Pharmacy employees decided to do something special for the Ranchers, so they brought home-baked Christmas treats for the Rancher Christmas party.

This year the employees of AZ Senior Care did a food drive for the Rainbow Acres kitchen AND brought home-baked goods for tomorrow’s party AND made individual goody bags for every Rancher for the party!

Their generosity is humbly and gratefully acknowledged! Thank you, AZ Senior Care Pharmacy and owners Dan and Toni Mason for encouraging this outpouring of love and time on the part of your staff!

 

Christmas bags from nurses

Gift bags for each of 98 Ranchers at Rainbow Acres, made with love!

Candles and Carols Service Tuesday

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You are invited!

Please join staff members and Ranchers at Rainbow Acres as we celebrate the birth of Christ with our annual Candles and Carols service!

Cherish traditional carols with the Rancher Choir and watch as a live Nativity Scene unfolds!

Disabled adult paints

Little Shepherd Boy original painting by Rancher Stephanie Roughton

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Palmer Community Center at Rainbow Acres

2120 W Reservation Loop Road, Camp Verde, AZ

Questions? Call 928-567-5231

Happy Thanksgiving from Rainbow Acres

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Ranchers and all Staff members at Rainbow Acres wish you and yours the very best Thanksgiving!

We give thanks for all of you who follow our posts and care about this wonderful residential community for adults with developmental disabilities. The promising futures offered here would not be possible without your support, whether in monetary gifts, volunteer hours or prayer for our mission.

Enjoy your bountiful tables as the Rancher homes enjoy theirs, each household with a turkey dinner and all the fixin’s, as we say in the West!

man with cognitive disorder cooks

Chef April and Rancher Darren prepare Thanksgiving meals for Rainbow Acres