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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

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Stephanie B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

kerileeann

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!!

MarciaGHR

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Cindi H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic place helping the most beautiful people.

Bobbie H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

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!

2 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.

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.