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“How’s retirement?” that’s something I hear a lot. My reply is, “Wouldn’t know. Haven’t tried it.” And I’m not trying to be cute. I mean it.
You see, there are thousands of people with intellectual disabilities like those at Down Home Ranch, people who want and need a good place to live. Many of them are capable of living independently and well—with needed support nearby.
So, on Oct. 1, 2016, after 27 years leading Down Home Ranch, I started working on a new project: Point Rider, Inc. and the building of the Hacienda San Tomás.
I’m proud of the Ranch and thankful to those who gave so much over the years to make it happen. It is a unique and wonderful place, a one-of-a-kind community. It’s irreplaceable.
But other models are needed too, ones that are independent of government funding, are a affordable to middle-class families, and are something parents, disability groups, even churches, can replicate.
Judy and I have learned so much over the years in starting and running Down Home Ranch. We’ve visited communities from coast to coast, always wanting to learn from the best.
We acquired knowledge of public funding and regulatory and legislative issues. We’ve gained practical knowledge on establishing superior housing and program options for people with IDDs, and, frankly, it would just be wrong to let this hard-won knowledge go to waste.
I am not alone in this endeavor. Point Rider has an excellent and impressive board of directors, advisory council, and professional support.
The Hacienda San Tomás is Point Rider’s first project—a project we hope can be a template for others.
We secured a beautiful one-acre parcel near Elgin’s Main Street, across from a planned CARTS station and within easy walking distance to pools, jobs, recreation center, shops and restaurants.
How will the Hacineda come to be? As before. With the help of you and many others.
Click here to partner with us on the forthcoming Hacienda San Tomas.