Our original group first met each other at Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding (Douglas County, CO) where families and therapists discussed and envisioned a place where adults with or without disabilities and their families could live and enjoy the benefits of a rural, residential setting.
Our gravest concern was what would happen to our adult children with disabilities if we died or could no longer take care of them? We never wanted for them to be placed in institutions.
Our first official meeting was in September 2013. Desiree Kameka housing consultant with Madison House Autism Foundation gave us an all day seminar on housing options across the country that were created by families of special needs adults.There were about 30 of us who first attended that planning meeting in fall of 2013 where we shared our hopes and dreams about Rooster Ranch.
Since then we have been meeting the third Wednesday of each month at the Franktown Fire Station from 6 to 8 o’clock PM. We have had many new members with varying professional background and interests. We also have talented young adults with disabilities who come and contribute to our planning because their hope is to live at Rooster Ranch.