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.

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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

Special Needs Adults at Cardinals Game

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Last Sunday, November 16, two Ranchers got to go see the Arizona Cardinals game against the Detroit Lions!

Here’s how it happened: Greg goes to Parkside Community Church in Camp Verde. Parkside had a “Bring a Friend to Church” Sunday a few weeks ago, and Greg decided to invite one of his newer housemates, Chris, to attend church with him. Parkside had two drawings for a pair of tickets each – one for the member who brought a friend and one for the friends in attendance. Greg and Chris each won a pair of tickets for a professional football game in Phoenix!

A staff member and her husband were more than willing to chauffeur the two and go to the game and out to dinner – what a great treat!

So the happy group stopped for a quick lunch on the way out of town and made it to the University of Phoenix Stadium, where the Cardinals play their home games, just as the Cards made their first touchdown, within the first few minutes of the game. High fives for everyone!

Special Needs adults at game

Greg and Chris outside University of Phoenix Stadium for a home Cardinals football game

Another touchdown for the Cardinals and two field goals for the Lions made the score 14-6 at halftime. Popcorn was a welcome snack during the game, and didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s appetite when dinnertime came around.

The score didn’t change at all in the second half! The ball moved back and forth but never got over the goal line again, so they left the winning game in a high level of excitement.

Applebee’s was the next stop, for a filling meal and a little rest before heading up the hill toward Camp Verde and Rainbow Acres. It was an exciting day!

Many thanks to Parkside Community Church for making such a great day for two men with developmental disabilities, both of whom love sports of all kinds!

cognitively challenged men love popcorn

Popcorn was a yummy snack

40th Anniversary Celebration Highlights

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Rainbow Acres is a 50 acre Christian community that provides caring homes and lives of purpose and dignity for adults with developmental disabilities, called Ranchers. These are some of the most undervalued and vulnerable individuals in the U.S. They are unable to successfully sustain an independent lifestyle, but with the support of trained staff and enrichment programs, their lives are full of joy and fulfillment. At present, nearly 100 adults with developmental disabilities live at Rainbow Acres.

Begun in 1974 as a dream of Baptist pastor Ralph Showers, Rainbow Acres is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. On October 24 and 25, 2014, several events highlighted the celebration.

During the Founders Luncheon on Friday, October 24, Ralph spoke enthusiastically about some of the challenges of the first few years, including his accident involving a high-voltage power line, resulting in the loss of his lower arms and hands and the struggle of learning to use prosthetic hooks to manage everyday tasks. He signed copies of his book “Reach for a Rainbow” following the luncheon.

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Ralph Showers autographs his book “Reach for a Rainbow”

New, modern homes providing private bedrooms for ten Ranchers each has been a top priority for President and CEO Gary Wagner almost from the beginning of his leadership in 1996. Friday mid-afternoon saw the blessing of the construction site for Oikos House, which will be the twelfth new home for Ranchers built since 2000. Oikos is being funded by American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, the Southwest and Hawaii. A dedication ceremony and receptions were also held for newly completed Casa Esperança (Hope House) and Aria House.

New homes for adults with developmental disabilities

Betsy Perkins, Rainbow Chaplain, stands with Gary and Jussara Wagner and Art and Patricia Van Dyck at the dedication of new Rancher houses.

That evening a sumptuous dinner and exciting silent and live Benefit Auction raised over $71,000 for the Rancher Scholarship Fund, allowing help for those who call Rainbow home, but who have been unable to keep up with the rising costs of care through having limited or no support from family.

On Saturday, October 25 an Open House allowed members of the public and Rancher families to participate in tours of the new homes, pet and feed a menagerie of unusual animals, watch a demonstration of equestrian skills and enjoy a Rancher Choir program. All Rancher-made crafts were made available to browse and purchase, a special competition was held in Bocce Ball, Basketball and Track and Field, and a grilled hot dog and ice cream made a fine al fresco lunch.

Saturday evening we honored our “Quadragenarians” at the Gala Banquet. These four Ranchers have lived at Rainbow Acres since 1974. Gary Wagner showed a view of the past, celebrated the present, and shared a vision for the future, and everyone enjoyed a performance by Matt Savage, a young savant pianist with Autism.

All in all, it was a wonderful and successful celebration of 40 fabulous years of providing homes with heart for adults with developmental disabilities!

Rainbow Acres on the front page!

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Click on the link below to see the front page story in today’s local newspaper, the Camp Verde Bugle:

http://cvbugle.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=44523

We are so happy and blessed to have the SOWERs choose to come to Rainbow Acres, to help our Christian residential community for adults with developmental disabilities!

Over the years, SOWERs have contributed more than 18,000 volunteer hours to serve our mission and we thank them sincerely!