GOLDEN HEART RANCH is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that works toward the establishment of an exceptional, fulfilling and holistic lifestyle community for teens and adults with special needs. We are a pioneer organization comprised of parents, professionals, and activists on a crusade against the notion that young adults with special needs must either remain at home or enter unfulfilling group homes.
Currently there are crisis-level shortages of acceptable housing for young adults with special needs. What housing exists is often inadequate and offers little quality of life. At the beginning of 2015, Golden Heart Ranch proudly announced the acquisition of 22 acres of land in Agoura Hills, bringing us one step closer to our vision of creating lifelong homes to serve the special needs community.
The Golden Heart Ranch Social Living Club is thriving, providing Life Skills and Social Skills classes including Track Club, Art and Fitness, Supper Club and Cooking programs, seasonal camps, and our very popular Camp Coyote Ridge.
Camp Coyote Ridge began with a 24-hour sleepover at Golden Heart Ranch in the beautifully renovated Big Oak Cabin. It was quickly realized that this popular camp needed to grow to a 2-night overnight. And it has been very successful! Camp Coyote Ridge provides Ranchers opportunities to grow and explore more independently in a fun camp setting with friends. Equally, if not more importantly, Camp Coyote Ridge provides parents/caregivers with a respite time. And parents feel so great knowing that their adult is having fun, getting their medications, and is growing as an adult while they get time for their own self care.
Housing - we are in the next phase - Planning! Your donations will help to build 4 beautiful homes that will provide long-term age-in-place housing for many Ranchers. Our young adults will live at Golden Heart Ranch in a supported, loving community where autonomy and choice will be celebrated!
Your support directly flows into these wonderful programs for our special needs children, teens, and adults.
Golden Heart Ranch's A Night In White, our most important annual fundraiser, will be held on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021. We will be celebrating Golden Heart Ranch under thousands of twinkle lights with live music by The Replicas, dancing, a fabulous dinner, local libations (Bar included this year!), mouth watering desserts, casino tables and of course our very popular Silent Auction! Last year we raised over $150,000—and we are counting on our community partners for another successful year.
We are asking you to be a 2021 A Night In White sponsor, support us with your individual fundraising and by attending the event.
We urge you to help Golden Heart Ranch build a future worthy of our special needs children, teens, and adults. Thank you for stepping up to the plate for our family members who are unable to fight for themselves. Donations to Golden Heart Ranch are tax-deductible and support one of our nation’s most forgotten and underserved minority population.
Thank you for standing with our special needs community,
Rose van Wier Hein
Tax ID# 26-3131470