April 8, 2016
Dear Friends, Family and Enthusiastic Supporters,
Many of you have been supporters of ours since the beginning, when we started this venture back in 2009. I began the undertaking of Erik’s Ranch from my own dining room table and knew that this needed to happen for my son and for the thousands of others like him – who deserve a life full of purpose and meaning and hope and possibility. And, all the while, you continued to support us. You made financial contributions because you believed. You believed in all that those with autism can do. You buoyed me as I braved the gray, stormy days when even I had my doubts. One generous donor contributed $25k in the early days with an attached note that said “Make It Happen.” I looked at it every day for inspiration.
And now, seven years later, it is my sincerest pleasure to announce that we recently acquired that fully-built ranch, at the time called the Triple R and closed on January 22!! Our lovely new property includes a 7500 square foot ranch-style guest home (Erik’s Ranch Main House) with five bedrooms that can accommodate 12 guests; a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen; executive dining room; exquisite living room; a library with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases; a lower level great room with a pool table and a stunning 15-foot window offering breathtaking views of Emigrant Peak towering in the distance and access to a luxurious deck with wooden rocking chairs. We also acquired a near-Olympic sized pool with lanes to lap swim and a hot tub; a stable and riding arena for 10 horses; a greenhouse; an original cabin built in 1908 positioned on Pine Creek with a fire pit and even an airplane hangar! We are ecstatic!
Because the sale happened so quickly, we are still shouldering $30k in start-up costs to get it all running. Please consider contributing today – on our website in our Help Us Build nav – to help with start-up costs where every lamp, pillow, towel and lock donated is moving us closer to fulfilling our mission of having young adults with autism actively living and working at Erik’s Ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana! Together, we can help build a lifetime of limitless possibilities for this deserving population.
With heartfelt thanks to you all,