Golden Heart Ranch has been a God send for my nephew Tyler and our entire family. It's like having a second home. Golden Heart Ranch provides a safe environment where Tyler can spend time and share a multitude of experiences with others. The smile on Tyler's face when he's at the ranch says it all. The joy we see in Tyler brings joy to all of us. Thank you for being there for our boy. It has changed all of our lives!
Our daughter enjoys visiting the ranch with her friends from the SouthBay.She has spent the weekend and always wants to return. The pool and multiple activities including music, arts and crafts provided by the awesome staff are outstanding. Looking forward to and excited about the October carnival. Wish we lived closer so our daughter Erin could spend more time at the ranch.
Golden Heart Ranch allows me to volunteer and make a difference in a meaningful way, by providing the opportunity to connect with special needs young adults. I personally love seeing the huge smiles and how they progress within the years of me volunteering with GHR.
From the moment we arrived at Golden Heart Ranch, we felt like family. Its staff and volunteers radiate a culture of genuine love and respect for their ranchers. It’s not the kind of artificial family-feel dictated by some carefully crafted mission statement. This is the real deal! My son is thriving in their program. He feels safe, confident and bolstered by his leaders, who approach everything they do with contagious joy and enthusiasm. We are so grateful to be a part of this remarkable community!
Golden Heart Ranch is a great company to be part of and work for. It provides an environment that helps young special needs people develop positive relationships with there peers. It provides enriching, creative activities that they can participate in. Golden Heart Ranch gives the youth opportunities to develop leadership and decision-making skills as well as life skills.
Golden Heart Ranch provides opportunities for learning life , social, recreational skills, and much more in a unique mountain setting. Ranchers with and without disabilities are working alongside each other building an inclusive environment to care for all the animals (cow, chickens, rabbits, tortoises, goats). The variety of program activities led by professionals ensures that each individual will find a program that aligns with their goals and personal interests: cooking, fitness, art, community outings, to just name a few. If you are looking for a program for an individual with a disability Golden Heart Ranch is a MUST!
Golden Heart Ranch is such a special place. The property is amazing, serene, peaceful and well cared for! The animals who live there are extremely docile and calming to the kids. Rosie the cow is so friendly and the goats, chickens and rabbits sure do love the ranchers. The pool is beautiful and very inviting. The best thing about Golden Heart Ranch are the people that work there. Loving, caring, kind, nurturing, understanding, and thoughtful. Golden Heart Ranch is awesome.
Many of our Ranchers have never slept away from home without their parent (or other trusted family member) with them. We started our Camp Coyote Ridge program about 1.5 years ago. In that time, we have had at least 9 or 10 Ranchers sleep away from home in a Camp type setting for the FIRST TIME! It is an amazing opportunity for the Rancher, their parents, and for the GHR staff. We are working on increasing independence, parents get a much deserved "break," and the staff get to share in the smiles, fun, and success of the weekend. Camp Coyote Ridge is one of many of our amazing programs, but it has quickly become a favorite. -Nurse Keri BSN, CDDN
Golden Heart Ranch has been a place of calm and acceptance in a world that can be unkind towards people who are different. The ranchers/participants teach us to slow down, look at the world through different lenses, and challenge us to find unique ways of communicating. I do my best to be their friend and mentor, and each one of the ranchers teaches me something in return. Sometimes the greatest gifts come when we aren't looking, and Golden Heart Ranch is truly one of those gifts for me.
Meet Noel: my exceptionally handsome, shy, twenty-two-year old son with autism. Noel is fond of swimming, silly noises, but most of all, he loves working/eating/doing anything and everything with his friends. For many years, I have known that the happiest environment for Noel to live in would be communal, much like the Kibbutz’ in Israel. Golden Heart Ranch is the only organization in the Los Angeles area with a vision of the sort of the future we dream of for Noel; one where he will flourish as he does laps in the pool, prepares meals, laughs at the silly sounds the chickens and the cow make as he does his daily chores in a safe environment surrounded by friends he loves. Golden Heart Ranch is both our prayer - and Noel’s best chance at a dignified, happily ever after.
Golden Heart Ranch provides amazing programming for my brother and so many people like him. I am grateful for the sense of belonging that Golden Heart Ranch provides to my brother and his friends, and the community that has built up among participating families.
Golden Heart Ranch provides wonderfully rich opportunities for special needs young adults. Camp Coyote Ridge, sponsored by GHR, was my son's first sleep away experience and he had a blast. The staff is amazing, they're always looking for ways to facilitate meaningful interactions with peers and the community.
We adore Golden Heart Ranch! This grass roots program started by Rose van-Wier Hein, supported by a small tight-knit group of parents with the same desire , launching programs to support all kids/adults in the different abilities community. Rose has been the visionary and the drive to get this to the point it is today. Programs in both the South Bay (SoCal) and Agoura Hills. Camps, Stay-overs, holiday parties & events, family pool days. Amazing this has come so very far in a short amount of time.
My son participates in many of their activities (track club, Supper club, cooking classes, outings and camps). Its wonderful to know that your child is able to go on excursions, be safe, and enjoy with people who will guide & support the group with a range of abilities. Love GHR!
I have served the ASD community for 20 years. It has been such a humbling experience to see a place that is dedicated towards building lifelong friendship and recreational activities fit for a community that truly needs it the most. GHR brings heart to many families across the Ventura County area.
Golden Heart is an excellent place for parents to leave their special needs young adults. There are a variety of great activities and the staff is great. Highly recommended. Prices are decent and I actually believe the prices should be raised since the quality is just that great.
After hearing about this special needs ranch I began volunteering my time working with these wonderful young adults. Everyone involved is caring, loving, and giving individuals. Many have degrees and education needed. Everyone is trained to be able to handle issues from the smallest to bigger issues that come up. I loved working with everyone involved and if I didnt move to another state I would still be there . I can't say enough to tell you what a wonderful place this is, not only for the young adults attending, but the peace of mind it gives the parents..
Golden Heart Ranch is an amazing organization. Their beautiful ranch located in Agoura offers kids/young adults with special needs a variety of fun and engaging things to do. Some examples include the Art Center where the kids get to try their hand at arts & crafts. There are cooking , fitness and gardening classes. They also have a number of special events for kids and their parents to meet other families.
My wife and I can't say enough about Rose and her terrific organization. Keep up the great work team!!!!
I have had the privilege to work as a volunteer for the last two years with this amazing organization! The Golden Heart Ranch is well deserving of this honor!
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.
There is simply not enough room to tell you how beyond appreciative and grateful our family feels about Golen Heart Ranch. Our son started attending programming at GHR when he was in middle school and it was a BIG struggle just to get him out of the car at drop off. Fast forward (since he will soon be 18 years old) Zach would often remind me that it was his day to go to one of his GHR after-school activities. Unfortunately, we have moved out of the area but it's not too far where we can easily jump right back into the swing of things. The seasonal camps offered when school wasn't in session was a huge plus because it provided the much-needed respite for the caregivers and parents while providing an enriching, purposeful and fun opportunity to connect with others and build friendships. So many skills were introduced, reinforced and modified depending on the level of functioning of the participant. In addition, no two days were the same and the environment put the safety and well being of all the participants as their number one priority. My son came home everday from happy, tired and looking forward to what the next day would bring. Golden Heart Ranch will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you GHR and staff for setting the gold standard.
Golden Heart Ranch offers wonderful activities to keep our daughter healthy. She enjoys exercising with her friends weekly. Programs like this aren't common and we are blessed to have it in our neighborhood.
We are so thankful for this community of special families and the amazing work they do and support they provide!!! We love Golden Heart Ranch!!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!