LAND FOR THE RANCH
Nestled in the hills of the Alhambra Valley, the Martinez area provides a small town feel and solid community base to support the integrity of our program. The Ranch is designed for conservation living. By "green-living", we teach teens to understand and respect our environment, and how to live sustainably amongst the community.
KEY FEATURES OF THE RANCH
Community-built barn featuring horse stalls, art studio, small stage for music, indoor arena for horses and fundraisers
Therapy horses and therapy dogs
Outdoor horse arena for working with therapy horses
Ranch Hand's cottage
Sustainable Garden for growing food to eat and sell in the community
Chickens for eggs and goats for weed eating
Machine shop for repairing ranch equipment and restoring old cars
Farmhouse designed for community living with large eat-in kitchen and homework stations, gathering room for communicating, teen loft area for bonding, and an over-all focus on bookshelves and games in lieu of TVs and electronics
Rear yard with simple setting, designed for eating and fellowship, sitting around a fire pit on hay bales, and telling stories and sharing life's true lessons
Solar panels, grey water plumbing, rain catchers; focusing on as much sustainable building as possible to reinforce a reduction in wasteful living
The farmhouse is designed for community living, focusing on the many ways everyone can contribute to the working ranch. This home provides ample space for music, homework, reading, and bonding with one another. The teens learn to cook in the "eat-in" kitchen, are responsible for their own laundry, and learn how to contribute to the working ranch.
The most important function of the Ranch is to provide Therapy Horses that work with the teens. Bonding with a horse, regardless of one's age or circumstance, can make quite a substantial impact. Being able to work with a horse requires self confidence, and in turn, builds self esteem. This will carry over into everyday life, giving young people confidence in their education and in most any opportunity in which they engage.
The Ranch also offers a small guest house so family members can spend time with their teens. For some, this may mean getting reacquainted after a difficult time, for others, this home presents the possibility of meeting their family for the first time. Reintegration into the family is an integral part of the youth's development and life. Having a guest house on site allows families to reunite in a cohesive manner, while continuing to facilitate the sense of community of both the teens and their families.