Arizona Gives Day – Today!

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Today, April 9, 2014 is Arizona Gives Day! The day our state unites to build a better tomorrow.

Please help Rainbow Acres qualify for additional cash awards by clicking on the link below and making your donation before midnight tonight. We’ve already raised over $1100.00 before 9:00 a.m. – exciting!

There are two categories eligible for prizes in rural Arizona not-for-profit organizations: 1. Most individual donors and 2. Most dollars raised during this 24-hour period. Only online giving through the site will count toward these awards; however, you may donate on our website secure donation page and still help Rainbow Acres, if you prefer to do that.

Thank you for helping adults with developmental disabilities who make Rainbow Acres their home!


Give to Rainbow Acres April 9

Arizona Gives Day is Wednesday, April 9 this year!

Spring Heritage Festival This Saturday and Sunday

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Rainbow Acres will have a booth at the Camp Verde Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival this weekend!

Adults with developmental disabilities have a weaving studio, make stepping stones and many craft items at Rainbow Acres

Hand woven placemats, scarves, and rugs, Stepping Stones, and many arts and crafts will be available to purchase.

Come by and get a look at the wares made by Ranchers! Adults with developmental disabilities can be incredibly creative and have wonderful abilities, as you will see by the assortment of bead hangings, ornamental glassware, stepping stones, painted gourds and birdhouses, and the many beautiful woven items on display.

Add lovely greenhouse-nurtured plants for your garden and paintings created by Ranchers in Fine Arts Painting classes led by Sedona artists Marlys Mallet and Michael Redhawk, and you will have trouble leaving our booth without purchasing something – just a small warning to bring your wallets!

Pick up free brochures and information about Rainbow Acres, and be prepared to call to arrange a tour or make your reservations for our one-hour presentations called “Promising Futures”. We are happy to share inspirational stories and show everyone the progress we’ve made in the 40 years Rainbow has been around!

A big thank you to greenhouse volunteer Kay Prochko and her husband, who will be setting up and taking care of our Rainbow Acres booth, along with some staff members to take some of the pressure off through the weekend. Our certified Caregivers also lead the craft crews and have been working feverishly to complete a good inventory of Rancher-made goodies!

Hours for the Festival are 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Saturday and 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Sunday. Admission and most events are free and family friendly. Come to downtown Camp Verde this weekend and enjoy!


Tour Rainbow Acres

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(Insert your name here) Come on down! You’re the next touring group at Rainbow Acres!

We love to show people our beautiful Christian community with heart that empowers adults with developmental disabilities to live to their fullest potential with dignity and purpose!

This week we had three women’s groups tour, besides some other family groups who are looking at current opportunities for new Ranchers to come and live at Rainbow Acres!

It’s fun, educational, interesting, fun, informational, uplifting, fun, surprising, wonderful and just plain FUN!

Red Hats tour Rainbow Acres

Lake Montezuma Red Hat group, the Farkle Queens, pose at Christ the Healer statue

Did I mention that it’s fun? Just find this Red Hat group from Lake Montezuma, the Farkle Queens, and ask them! They saw inside one of the beautiful houses creating neighborhoods in our community, visited with Ranchers in their morning crews as they made lovely bead hangings, stepping stones, and place mats, and enjoyed the results of the greenhouse and kitchen crews when they joined us for lunch! Greens in the salad and kale in the creamy Tuscan potato soup were grown on site and prepared in the Palmer Community Center kitchen!

Just call 928-567-5231 or email to set up a date and time.

Suggestion: plan on one-and-a-half to two hours in the morning and stay for lunch – always delicious and the price is right. We ask for a $3.00 donation per person for lunch.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Arizona Gives Day April 9

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Give to Rainbow Acres April 9

Arizona Gives Day is Wednesday, April 9 this year!


2014 is the second year for everyone to have a chance to make a difference in Arizona by participating in a 24 hour online giving opportunity on April 9!

Just visit our AZGIVES page by clicking on this link:

There are sponsors providing cash prizes for nonprofit organizations that have the highest number of donors in a 24 hour period, and for the highest amount raised during that full day.

Rainbow Acres participates in the rural not-for-profit group, and we came very close last year to earning additional funds with our efforts. We are hoping to raise even more money on April 9 this year, and have our funds boosted by the corporate sponsor gifts too!

YOU CAN HELP! Click on and donate. You can set your contribution by credit card at any time to post on April 9, even if you are not going to be near a computer during the official 24 hour donation time!

Please make the Promising Futures we offer to adults with developmental disabilities continue to be available by adding your donation! Thank you!

Rainbow Acres Booth at Festival March 29 & 30

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Camp Verde is combining many components for the upcoming 2014 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival, including pecans, antiques and local wines, archaeology and local history, and vendor booths showcasing many types of arts and crafts.

Rainbow Acres will have a booth showing off and selling many items, including plants grown from seeds in our greenhouses, stepping stones, hand-woven creations, fine arts paintings, and many Rancher-made crafts. Pictured here are tiny cilantro plants that have been nurtured just for the Festival coming up the end of March.

Ranchers grow many plants

Cilantro plants nurtured from seeds at the Rainbow Acres greenhouses.

Location: Downtown Camp Verde, on the grounds behind the Camp Verde Community Center, across from Fort Verde Historic State Park.

Dates: March 29 & 30, 2014

Times: Saturday 10-6:00 and  Sunday 10-5:00.

The event is free to the public. Plan to visit our booth and see all the wonderful things made through the efforts of adults with developmental disabilities who live and work in our faith-based residential community. Show your support by buying some of these wonderful wares and works of art!

If you are interested in volunteering to help in the booth, even for an hour – call Kay at (440)862-1691.

Trustee Awarded Businessperson of the Year!

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At Rainbow Acres we are blessed to have dedicated and caring volunteer members of our Board of Trustees. These members are from several states across the country, as well as our local communities and state.

Each year since 1987, Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc. and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce have sponsored the Verde Pride Day Awards to recognize individuals in eight different categories who go above and beyond their normal duties to serve the communities in which we live.

Steve Palmer's work on Rainbow Acres' Board is part of his honor

Steve Palmer receives his award from Chamber President Lana Tolleson and Verde Newspapers CEO Pam Miller

This week Trustee Steve Palmer, owner of Westcott Funeral Homes in Cottonwood and Camp Verde, was awarded the Verde Pride Award as Businessperson of the Year for all the service he gives every day.

Read the article here:

We are proud to have Steve Palmer and all the other selfless Trustees on our Board and we thank them for their tireless efforts on behalf of Rainbow Acres and the nearly 100 adults with developmental disabilities who live and work here!

Congratulations Steve!