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Rainbow Acres is a phenomenal place! Great programs, wonderful homes, Caregivers who really care, terrific Health and Wellness Center and nurses, and . . .
Chef Caleb – we wish him well in his endeavors!
Recently we said good-bye to Caleb, a chef who created marvelous dishes for Ranchers and Staff, and we wish him well as he goes off to follow the dream of running his own restaurant!
Chef April adds sauce to baked Ziti – Yum!
Now we are saying a big HELLO to our new chef April, who is bringing her formidable talents to the superb kitchen of the Palmer Community Center (PCC) at Rainbow Acres! April gets assistance from Ranchers and some Caregivers as she prepares food for the congregate noon meal which is eaten at PCC.
These same careful cooks and helpers do the preparation of the evening meals which are then “catered” to the houses, where Caregivers finish and warm items to be served family style in the dining areas of the Rancher homes.
Chef April and Rancher Darren display their baked ziti dinner creation.
“Phenomenal” barely describes the delicious, nutritious lunch and supper offerings! Thank you April, for taking on this labor of love and sharing your expertise and passion with us!
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At Rainbow Acres, the T.E.t.R.A. Equestrian Program provides varied educational opportunities for Ranchers. Last year, the program continued to offer the traditional Equine Exploration Classes. A class is held for one month, with a Rancher going to the Barn twice a week for a ½ hour class. Some of the 2013 classes were “American Horse Breeds”, “The Digestive System”, “Horse Coat Genetics” and much more!
16 Ranchers attended the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
Ranchers worked towards earning their six credits (six months of classes) by meeting the attendance requirements and passing tests at the end of the classes. 2013 saw a record of seventeen Ranchers who earned their six credits! One of the rewards for earning their six credits was a spot on the 2014 trip to Scottsdale for the Arabian Horse Show. Sixteen Ranchers were able to attend, and had a blast! They got to watch a variety of competition classes – jumping, reining, equitation, and of course – they went shopping!!! It was a fantastic trip!
Debbie and Terri stand with patient Rubia, who allowed anatomy stickers shaped like hearts to be placed on her for Valentine’s Day
This year, T.E.t.R.A. is offering the Equine Exploration classes with a new twist. “Shoot for the Stars!” provides Ranchers the opportunity to complete various tasks to earn stars in their Pegasus Constellation. There are many workshops and classes offered in the afternoons this year. Some of the workshop opportunities are “Grooming”, “Halter/Leading”, “De-spooking” along with several other topics. The workshops are a less formal atmosphere than the classes and provide for more hands-on time to practice various horsemanship skills. The “Anatomy” workshop even took advantage of Valentine’s Day, and Ranchers worked on their anatomy knowledge by placing hearts all over Rubia! Ranchers can also earn stars by helping with evening feedings, participating in the Dog Club Walks, and completing various Library Challenges.
The educational opportunities the T.E.t.R.A. Equestrian Program offer build a strong foundation for Ranchers interested in developing or continuing their horsemanship skills. Ranchers can develop a feel and understanding of how the horse they are working with, through either groundwork or riding, behaves, reacts, and thinks. This type of relationship reaches beyond the superficial, allowing the Rancher to connect with the animal with a deeper understanding, and ultimately with compassion and respect for another wonderful part of God’s creation.
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Daniel and Nancy watch as Craig takes a turn washing Rubia
Ranchers decorated hearts and signed cards to be sent to donors this week, to say “Thank You” for supporting our mission and their lives of joy and purpose.
With best wishes to all we offer a snapshot of a few of the hearts, messages and drawings given with LOVE to those who care about Rainbow Acres.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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A few of the hand-decorated cards sent to donors this week
“Rainbow Acres is a Christian 50-acre ranch-style community providing homes with heart and lives of purpose for adults with developmental disabilities.”
This is not just an “elevator speech” giving a brief description of Rainbow Acres. It is the basis for what we believe to be the best living option for individuals with cognitive challenges who require a safe, caring environment and programs that allow each person to reach their potential.
With the understanding of the great need for our services and the excellence of our community and programs, Rainbow Acres has worked and obtained funding for two new houses which are being built, to be finished late this year. Each home will provide a private bedroom for ten Ranchers, so now we are focusing on filling those spaces.
Interior showing the future Great Room of Wagner House
Wagner House exterior as of February 12, 2014
Photos of the construction on Aria House and Wagner House accompany this post, so you can join in our excitement as they begin to take shape.
- Aria House exterior
If you know of someone with developmental disabilities who cannot be successful living alone but may be able to take advantage of vocational training, along with music, neurodevelopmental, and equine therapies, and all the many other programs and activities offered at Rainbow Acres, please contact us at 928-567-5231 or firstname.lastname@example.org or download information from our home page at www.rainbowacres.com.
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Aria House interior under construction
Today’s post is from a guest blogger who is the niece of Rancher Mike M. Mike is one of the “original” Ranchers, and has made Rainbow Acres his home since 1974, shortly after this community began, nearly 40 years ago! Mike was visiting his only family still living recently, and she sent this story and picture:
Mike is holding a goose!
“I took the kids and Mike down to feed the ducks and a few geese. Avery fell and I turned away for just a minute and Mike is yelling “take my picture”. I turn around shocked to see him holding this goose in his arms!
If I had seen him approach the goose I would have stopped him. I was even more shocked that the goose just let him hold him. He seemed just comfortable in his arms. I took a quick picture and Mike set him down. I’ve never seen anything like it.
So very sweet.”
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Meet the newest members of the Rainbow Family!
Darth Vader is one contented rabbit
This January the T.E.t.R.A. Equestrian Program welcomed six rabbits to the program!
Thanks to the wonderful donation from Jay Pond and his family of rabbit hutches, food bowls, water bottles and six rabbits, we have new animals to care for and love!
Nancy loves feeding the rabbits!
Darth Vader and Thunder are males and Snowball, Princess, Graylee and Lion are the females. The program continues to seek new and exciting ways to diversify its offerings for our Ranchers. By branching out with the rabbits, Ranchers can have the opportunity to work with an animal that may be less intimidating than a horse.
Ranchers will have the opportunity to help care for the rabbits, let them out of their hutches to play and sit and hold them. We look forward to seeing how this new addition will provide more ways for Ranchers to learn and grow!
John Brian holds Princess