Down Home Ranch

Nonprofit working farm community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Our story

Thirty years ago, Down Home Ranch was 217 acres of mesquite, fire ants, and falling-down fences, bought in the hopes that it would one day become a working ranch for adults with disabilities. With hard work and a lot of help from friends–individuals, churches, businesses, foundations, service clubs and others–we now have over 80 full and part-time employees–38 of whom have Down syndrome, autism, TBI or another condition–running a 410 acre, entrepreneurial farm and ranch, practicing regenerative agriculture on the Post Oak Savannah of Central Texas. We are proud to call Elgin, Texas home.

2 barns, 11 greenhouses, 13 homes, a Swim and Fitness Center, 3 wells, 7 ponds, fish, cattle, donkeys, chickens, horses and lots of wildlife fill the Ranch, but it’s our Ranchers who truly make Down Home Ranch such an amazing place to be.

We’re home to 42 Ranchers. In 2017, we saw a need from our local community for day program services. We have since opened our doors to ten local residents from nearby communities. These new Ranchers have been welcomed into our established Monday through Friday day program, attending all of our courses, vocational skills training, volunteer opportunities, etc. that are available here at DHR.

Just this past year, we opened up a new residential home in the community of Elgin, bringing us to a total of three homes (serving nine people total) located off of the Ranch’s property.

2019 is looking to be a continued year of growth for the Ranch. Our mission is to empower the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, particularly through social, educational, residential and vocational opportunities, and it is this mission that will be the driving force behind all that we do.

We invite you to be a part of our mission. Whether you volunteer your time, donate goods or dollars or spend some time shopping in our onsite gift shop or online Etsy shop, your impact will be felt across the Ranch. It takes a village. Will you join us?

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Get in touch

Phone Number: 512-856-0128
Fax: 512-856-0256
20250 FM 619 Elgin, TX 78621

Down Home Ranch is located east/northeast of Austin on a 410-acre tract of hilly, oak-covered terrain.

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