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Ralph Showers, founder of Rainbow Acres, was embraced by his Savior on the morning of July 6, following a valiant fight against cancer.
Founders Ralph and Marilyn Showers
Ralph was a much-loved pastor in Arizona, California and Hawaii before setting out to make his dream come true of a ranch-style community where adults with developmental disabilities could live with dignity and purpose. In 1974 Rainbow Acres became a reality, and although it has grown and changed over the years, his original vision has remained.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Parkside Community Church, 401 W Camp Lincoln Road, in Camp Verde. There will be a reception following at the Palmer Community Center at Rainbow Acres. All are invited to attend one or both of these opportunities to remember Ralph. If you have questions, please call Rainbow Acres at 928-567-5231.
At Ralph’s request, you may send memorial gifts to Rainbow Acres, 2120 W. Reservation Loop Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322-8408.
His passion to help individuals with cognitive challenges never abated. As his wife Marilyn remarks, “Ralph is still raising money for Rainbow Acres, just as he did for much of his lifetime!”
“God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform!”
These words from an old hymn are shown to be true many times at Rainbow Acres, but not more than we saw today! Here’s the story:
A little less than three weeks ago, a group from the Los Angeles area came on Discovery Tour II to see what their church congregations were generously donating to with the sponsorship of Oikos House.
Ranchers carry E-Z UP canopies
Debbie Gentry, Regional Coordinator, Office of the Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, Southwest & Hawaii (ABCOFLASH) stayed on a few days after the official tour was over, as the guest of one of our Rancher parents and member of the Board of Trustees, Judy Roughton, at her home in Camp Verde. Debbie and Judy sat on the back porch overlooking the extensive irrigated green lawn and talked about how the lawn is used each fall for the Special Olympics Regional Bocce Tournament. Over 100 special athletes compete from all over Northern Arizona, and along with family members and volunteers, nearly 200 people converge on the one-day Bocce Ball Courts.
Debbie asked Judy what the greatest need was for the tournament and Judy’s answer was quick: “Shade! It gets hot during the day and we don’t have enough canopies to provide shade for the various teams or for the lunch servers and other volunteers.”
Ranchers and a couple of staff members carry the E-Z UP shades upstairs to storage
Debbie said that there was someone in the ABCOFLASH church group in the E-Z UP Inc. management and that she’d talk to him when she got back to southern California.
Recently, Steve Roblee, Director of Church Relations for Rainbow Acres, had spoken at Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, where Gregg Lee, owner of E-Z UP Inc. attends. Gregg had been inspired to help Rainbow in some way, so when Debbie approached him, he said “YES!”
Today a pallet containing 24 E-Z UP canopies arrived at Rainbow Acres! 10′ x 10′ canopies to provide shade for Bocce, for Family and Friends get-togethers, and for our Annual Open House events! We are so thankful for God’s goodness and the mysterious ways He provides for our needs through all the kind-hearted people who care about Rainbow Acres and our Ranchers!
Danny is an 8 year old Palomino Morgan horse, about 15 hands, with a strong build and a very gentle disposition. Morgan horses are known for their gentleness and are often chosen for 4-H projects and therapeutic riding programs.
Danny, our newest addition!
Janet Tuttle, coordinator of the Animal Care and Education program and Rancher riding and equine care classes, is happy to have an addition to our other sweet-tempered Palomino Quarter horse, Rubia. We are all thankful for the wonderful support that allowed this to happen!
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Rainbow Acres has an active Hiking Club, thanks to Andy Rogers, Director of Vocations and his wife Sara, one of our terrific Caregivers! The groups of Ranchers who participate vary from one week to another, depending on the level of difficulty of the trail being taken.
Recently Andy and Sara took Ranchers on a relatively level trail around the lagoons at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in nearby Cottonwood. It was a beautiful day and a lovely place, as you can see by the photos and this short video! Enjoy!
John Brian enjoying the sunshine
Dead Horse Ranch State Park has campgrounds and cabins for rent, RV dump stations, fishing in the lagoons and access to the Verde River, a playground, picnic ramadas with tables and grills and a nice gift shop at the entrance.
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.
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!
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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