FALLBROOK – In Fallbrook, a group of parents met in 2010 out of concern for their adult children, all of whom have developmental disabilities. Their concern was what was going to happen to their child when they no longer could care for them.
In 2011, the nonprofit called Jeremiah’s Ranch was formed. The primary focus was, and still is, to create a community for their adult children with special needs to reside in.
Since that time, Jeremiah’s Ranch has built a community within Fallbrook, offering many types of activities. Jeremiah’s Ranch has monthly support group meetings, educational guest speakers, parties, dances, and Special Olympics sports teams. In 2015, Jeremiah’s Ranch opened the College of Adaptive Education, which is an inclusive non-accredited college experience offering evening classes such as art, dance, reading, and history.
Jeremiah’s Ranch is still looking for land in Fallbrook which would provide space to expand these programs and to meet the main goal of providing good housing. While seeking donations to purchase a property, Jeremiah’s Ranch, in the meantime, relies on various churches and venues within Fallbrook to provide the space needed for current programs. The next step for Jeremiah’s Ranch is to consolidate these programs to one location and have a place to call its own.
“We’d love to have our own community center,” said executive director Linda White, parent of Evan, a young adult who has Downs Syndrome. White, who currently is an administrator of a group home in Fallbrook, is in the process of becoming a supported living provider.
Plans are currently in the works to hold a fundraising luncheon on May 14. To learn more about the effort or upcoming events, call Linda White at (760) 585-5290. Read about Jeremiah’s Ranch at www.jeremiahsranch.org.