Message from the Executive Director

Bill Davis
1997 Anthropology News  
MISSION STATEMENT Providing family oriented Christian homes for adults who have developmental disabilities, on a working ranch. 25th ANNIVERSARY DINNER BIG SUCCESS On the evening of April 19th over 800 guests attended the annual fundraising dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Special K Ranch. A few days before the dinner a friend of SKR contacted one of our board members and offered a $100,000 gift to the endowment fund if a match could be raised at the dinner. To the amazement of
more » ... ne by the end of the evening $100,000 had been pledged by those attending to match the gift. In addition to matching the endowment gift $18,000 was raised for furnishings in the new resident home and $80,000 for operational needs. As you can see in the pictures, the ranchers were all decked out for a Hollywood evening. They each had a little autograph book and were greeting the guests as they arrived, introducing themselves and collecting autographs. Twenty five years ago in that same room a group of people came to hear about a dream. A dream that if fulfilled would offer residential and vocational opportunities for adults who have developmental disabilities to have a full and meaningful life. In that crowd there were those who thought this dream would never become reality, but thank God for others who said yes, this is possible! Motivated by their Christian faith and a desire to serve others they stepped out and committed their resources, time, and effort. Along the way they were joined by some of those nay Sayers and a host of others who have been a part of building Special K Ranch. I recently watched a program on Public Television presenting the stories and challenges of several families raising a special needs adult child. It could have been 1974; the stories and the concerns are the same as those I heard when I was first drawn to this work i.e. long waiting list for residential services, few work opportunities, and family concerns about when they will no longer be able to provide care for reasons of health or death. October 1st we will be dedicating a new handicap accessible home that will allow our elder residents to live at Special K Ranch longer. This will open eight vacancies in existing homes for people on the waiting list. This project has taken awhile but it is a beautiful and well built home; certainly worth the wait. With the growing need for programming and services like what is offered at Special K Ranch the next project may already be on the horizon. Executive Director MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The heavens are telling the glory of God. Psalm 19:1 E i Di Hestin 60 hrsp. orchard tractor donation from Keith Goehner in Dryden, Washington. A great tractor for mowing weeds, rotor tilling the garden and using around the greenhouses, moving and loading material on pallets. We are still looking for a front end loader and forks.
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