World Peace

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Our program director told this story about what happened today:

After Prayer Circle this morning, one of the resident Ranchers, a man with developmental disabilities and incredible insight (as you will see) came to his office and said, “If everyone would pray and love each other like Ranchers do, there would be world peace.”  Then they said a prayer together.

We pray for each of our friends today and hope that the joy and peace that we have at Rainbow is not just felt here but will spread across the nation and around the world.

Men with developmental disabilities together

Peaceful gatherings are a regular occurrence at Rainbow Acres. Lawrence plays as Matthew, Daniel, Scott and John Brian enjoy the music.

What a wonderful prayer for the first day of Spring and every day!

 

Tae Kwon Do good for men with developmental disabilities

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Rainbow Acres fosters total health – spiritual, mental, social and physical – for adults with developmental disabilities.

Resident Ranchers have opportunities to worship as they wish, where they wish, and are provided many varied activities to stay engaged with friends and to flourish intellectually to their greatest potential.

Each Rancher has different physical abilities and challenges as well. Rainbow Acres is happy to participate in many Special Olympics sports, has a popular fitness center and walking trails on site as well as an active Hiking Club and equestrian center.

One extracurricular opportunity in Camp Verde and nearby Cottonwood is offered by KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do, which has welcomed three Ranchers who have been willing to dedicate themselves to the rigorous training and discipline necessary to learn karate skills.

Enjoy this video, titled “Rainbow Warriors”, taken and edited last night and submitted by Caregiver Sara Rogers.  Thanks Sara!

Music for video: “Gravity (Gotta Fly)” by The Vibrant Sound

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Corned Beef and Cabbage!

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Rainbow Acres is getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

Our greenhouses are flowing with a great crop of cabbages this year, including the giant pictured, weighing in at 7 pounds yesterday!

cabbage grown at Rainbow Acres

7 pound cabbage!

 

This specimen will go into coleslaw tomorrow, but the up and coming heads of cabbage are on track for March 17th’s traditional celebration lunch of corned beef and cabbage. Yum!

Ranchers, staff members and volunteers work and have fun gardening in the three Rainbow Acres greenhouses, growing vegetables and herbs, as well as starting flowers and plants that beautify our campus. Lots of green thumbs and lots of love help feed and nurture everyone at this special place!

 

New Board Members for Rainbow Acres

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Last week the Rainbow Acres Board of Trustees met, with some members going off and being honored for their service at the dinner Thursday evening, and new members coming on board!

Nearly the entire Board for 2015 was in attendance!

Board for residential facility for DD adults

2015 Board of Trustees

In the photo, back row left to right: Steve Bils, Judith Glenn, Art Endres, Matt Kroona, John McDougald, John Napolitan, Tim Deatrick, Art Van Dyck, Bob Wheaton, Al Wright, Pedro Martinez and Ron Vachon-Vierra.  Front row left to right: Charity Matic, Mary Malicki, Judy Roughton, Claudia Ault, Linda Roos and Kathy Mikesh-Hauser.

Not pictured: Bob Crandall, Ray Harton, Steve Palmer and Lynn Wakefield.

Rainbow Acres is so blessed to have dedicated volunteers from across the U.S. as members of our Board of Trustees!

 

Life at Rainbow – Profiles Part 5

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Gary Wagner is the final Rainbow personality you should meet. As an ordained pastor and the current President and CEO, Gary has been at Rainbow Acres since 1996. If Ralph brought the dream for Rainbow, Gary has given it the legs to stand on! From his earliest days on ranch, Gary has made the Ranchers we serve the focus of Rainbow Acres. During his first year, he sat down with the Ranchers and asked them their priorities. Rooms of their own, homes with friends, and a chance to work were all part of their responses. After that, he began the process of turning their hopes and dreams into reality.

Pastor and leader

Gary Wagner, President and CEO of Rainbow Acres

 

From those roots of trailers in the desert, Gary has transformed Rainbow into the beautiful homes for adults with disabilities that it is today. Each Rancher has his/her own room, and shares a home with nine other friends and a caregiver. More than one third hold jobs off ranch, in the nearby communities of the Verde Valley.

Probably one of the things that best illustrates what makes Rainbow Acres so special can be seen as you take a tour around the ranch with Gary. Every Rancher knows him, and he knows every Rancher! Though several hundred men and women have called Rainbow Acres their home through his years at the ranch, Gary still can call each one by name. He can also tell you which city they came to Rainbow from, and who their family members are. Each has a story, a family and hopes and dreams. Gary knows them all, and cares for each one as an individual. None are just a face to him. Though nearly one hundred Ranchers currently live in the homes at Rainbow Acres, every one of them is treated as the individuals they are. Gary models the love of Christ in every interaction with those we serve.

Dignity and respect, safety and loving care are the hallmarks of life at Rainbow Acres!