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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Epilepsy, Group Homes, Health, Human Services

Mission: Golden Heart Ranch® is dedicated to providing young adults with special needs the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and enjoy a dignified quality of life, by creating and building a “life-center” residential community where they can live, learn, work and create solid friendships in a harmonious and caring environment that is emotionally and physically safe.

Results: In five short years Golden Heart Ranch has become an organization instrumental in providing services, events, camps, sports and fun to a wide range of individuals with special needs. We are proud to say we are embracing the next phase of growth... GHR has purchased the beautiful property that many young adults with special needs will call home. The property will also host vocational training, camps, day programs and a variety of events.

Target demographics: kids, teens and young adults with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: numerous kids, teens and young adults with special needs and their families

Geographic areas served: South Bay/Los Angeles County/San Fernando Valley

Programs: Life Skills and Social Skills Classes; Cooking, Dance, Track & Field, Supper Club, Summer Camp and soon we will be launching Photography and Tennis Club.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GHR (Golden Heart Ranch) fills a special place in my heart and in my life. After visiting the website and learning about the mission of the ranch, I knew I HAD to be involved with this wonderful place. I sent an e-mail asking if I could possibly volunteer or perhaps even fill work needs from time to time. Two weeks later, I was brought on as staff. I am so proud to be a part of the GHR family. I am a mom to three young children, one of whom has Cerebral Palsy. It is extremely important to my husband and I to raise our children with kindness and a desire to help others. Truth be told, the ranch is just FUN!! I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our 23 year old daughter loves her time at The Ranch. Since she aged out of the school system, finding stimulating programs and activities for her has been a challenge. When she's at Golden Heart Ranch she's surrounded by friends, loving staff and social stimulation in an environment that is warm and nurturing. She's made real friends and loves spending time with them in a beautiful, healing natural setting. We are so grateful for Golden Heart Ranch.

Donor

Rating: 5

My son Alex has been active with GHR sponsored programs for @ 5 years. Not solely has he been welcomed by staff and counselors but he has also been welcomed by other campers.
Any GHR program that Alex has been involved with has been stimulating and participatory.
The GHR friends are going on outings, to dinners, swimming, sailing etc..... Alex really enjoys the activities and the friendships he has made. There aren't many places or organizations where Alex feels included----GHR is an exception to that. A beautiful organization and environment which allows these young adults to blossom and grow!

Katie F.2

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am the Mother of identical twin boys with Down Syndrome. You can imagine the effort it took to raise not one but 2 special needs children. With the help of our community of Manhattan Beach, I was supported in raising the twins to be incorporated into our culture by fully including them in sports, socialization, education and the programs necessary for their continued growth and development. The Golden Heart Ranch is a place where they feel welcomed and understood. It is where they will continue to be part of another community and live and flourish as independent young adults. I can honestly say that I feel very confident about the decisions to empower them to live on their own in this wonderful environment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My young adult son attends Golden Heart Ranch track club, cooking club, supper club an numerous other social activities. He so enjoys going out with his friends and often waits by the front door ready to go. GHR has helped my son access his community with purpose. Our kids shop in local supermarkets, eat in local restaurants, take public transportation to other destinations, and participate in community events. The GHR coaches work so hard to give our young adults a life they so deserve. Thank you Golden Heart Ranch for being so important to us all!

1 Mary C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to thank GHR for its wonderful programs. They have helped my son Tyler a great deal. He has become more independent and social. They have taught him necessary skills that he needs moving forward-he takes the metro and bus with them and sees great places with them. He has also learned to navigate the kitchen with their cooking program. He has learned to be a team player and gets lots of exercise with his peers at track club. I could go on and on but also I want to thank you for giving a much needed rest to us moms when he is attending your programs. It’s a win win. He is having fun while learning and we get a brake. Wonderful job- again thanks from the James family - we love you-

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son Nicholas has been attending Golden Heart Ranch in Agoura Hills for the past year. The Ranch is one of his favorite places to be. The staff is loving and compassionate and we feel safe leaving our son in their care. Our family is excited to help support the Ranch as they continue expanding their programs and services. We are looking forward to sleep away camp.

jpisano

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family has been engaged with Golden Heart Ranch since they acquired the Ranch property in Agoura Hills, California. Our son Michael goes to every event, which the GHR staff implements with great skill and compassion. Michael has made many new friends because of GHR programs & events, which are both fun and supportive. Our family continues to support Golden Heart Ranch with the goal of helping them expand their services and programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of The Golden Heart Ranch. I started as a volunteer in the Spring of 2016 and ended up becoming one of the family! Our “ranchers” immediately feel at home and comfortable with their surroundings.

1 Debbie Tippit C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Golden Heart Ranch is an answer to our prayers!! My younger son is 20 years old and is on the autism spectrum. GHR provides wonderful activities for young adults with disabilities. I can't wait until their residential area is built -- then my son can live there and learn important life skills as well as ranching skills. The staff is so supportive and very nice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Golden Heart Ranch has been life-changing for my son. He finally feels like he has a community of friends with things in common. He participates in their cooking classes, Ranch Days, camps and special events and loves each and every activity. The Ranch is a magical place with a wonderfully supportive staff. Nothing else in the community comes close to Golden Heart Ranch.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Golden Heart Ranch is the first place I found that I can actually imagine my son one day living. The Ranch is beautiful, the staff knowledgeable and supportive. My son loves their Social Living Clubs because they encourage and empower his independence and promote friendships. He's very social and, like a lot of young adults with special needs doesn't get invited to parties, so his time at the ranch and in the community at Supper Club fills that void. I love everything about this place. It has really been the answer to so many of our prayers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Golden Heart Ranch is a fantastic organization who seeks to serve and meet the needs of their community. They have a heart and desire to see their participants grow as they learn new skills, meet new people, and make new memories. You will be so happy that you joined this group!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a fundraising consultant, I have partnered with Golden Heart Ranch on several projects. This organization has a compassionate and inspiriting vision to support individuals with Autism and related special needs as well as a dedicated team of caring staff members. I appreciate the wonderful programs and impact that they have here in Los Angeles County.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We live in the neighborhood, and feel very honored to have Golden Heart Ranch nearby. We recently attended an event there and met some of the people running the program, and were very impressed with their commitment and vision. We hope to be able to help them continue to grow and thrive.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Golden Heart Ranch has been on the cutting edge of developing intentional communities for teens and adults with a variety of disabilities. Through the FRED Conference, they brought together people from all over the country and the world, to talk about options for creating sustainable, creative living options for adults with special needs. Providing programs like their Supper Club, Social Club, hiking and track activities, Golden Heart Ranch is providing social and recreational opportunities for teens and young adults who frequently are isolated from their peers. Their plan for a future living community is a dream come true for so many parents who are looking for a safe, caring, nurturing place for their adult children who need a supportive living environment. Rose and her team have worked tirelessly to make this dream come true, and have done an amazing job of finding community partners to help build the dream.

1 Dina K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This amazing organization is building a safe, beautiful, forever home for adults who have developmental disabilities. As a parent of a 22 year old with multiple physical and developmental disabilities, I am looking for a place that my son could live and be happy, healthy, fulfilled and safe. Golden Heart Ranch is it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Golden Heart Ranch is a wonderful organization for individuals with special needs. My son participates in many activities through their social living program for young adults. He enjoys cooking and supper club with friends. The most amazing is track club once a week where the group is involved in many exercises, stretching, and at least a mile around the track! I have seen so much improvement in each participant. Everyone is out there moving and staying involved. *I was told my son may never walk or talk, and now he RUNS to meet his friends on the track to warm up and get started. The friendships and fun activities are a dream come true. He has learned many new skills and gained more confidence. The staff is the BEST! The world would be a better place with more caring and understanding people and places like Golden Heart Ranch who are in it for the right reasons.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Golden Heart Ranch is an amazing community for young adults with special needs. Everyone hopes to live in a safe and caring community, and GHR provides that along with opportunities to establish life long friendships, work opportunities, and a lovely environment for recreation.
I have been lucky enough to volunteer at Community Days and watch this beautiful ranch blossom for these wonderful people.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My son Cole went to his first Supper Club event at Johnny Rocket's in Calabasas. There were about ten attendees, plus staff from Golden Heart Ranch. His friend who also joined Golden Heart Ranch went with us and the boys had a nice time. They got to see friends from school and eat their heads off! I left them at the table a couple of times and aside from asking when I was coming back, Cole did really well! The staff were very friendly, patient and seemed to enjoy the group as much as the group enjoyed doing something new and different ... eating outside with a bunch of new friends!

1 Desiree' K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The FRED Conference hosted by Golden Heart Ranch was a transformative event that brought leaders together from across the country. Their efforts started a ripple which is now a wave of innovators who know they are now alone- the FRED Conference also introduced me to my now Fiance! I can't wait to visit and hang out with friends again at GHR :)