Erik’s Ranch Construction Project Moves ForwardOct 09 2013 · 0 comments · Hospitality, NISHKIAN MONKS, Residential ·0
Paradise Valley, MT — Erik’s Ranch, a premier residence and work place for adults with autism, located in Paradise Valley near Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park is currently under construction. Ideally suited for and aligned with this project, Nishkian Monks PLLC, one of the most respected structural engineering firms in Montana, has partnered with this nonprofit to design and develop this unprecedented model.
Architect Craig Miller, Living Places Design Studio, studied the 230-acre property to design buildings that complement the beauty of the landscape. Upon completion, Erik’s Ranch will include private residences and a work place for 42 adults with autism. Twenty-four guesthouses will provide accommodations for voluntourists. Amenities will include a full-sized pool, riding stable, greenhouse, activity and fitness centers and miles of riding and hiking trails.
In the past six years, the diagnosis of autism has risen 78 percent. Now one in 50 children is diagnosed with autism, affecting more children than diabetes, AIDS and cancer combined. This year, 50,000 individuals with autism will reach age 18. With such staggering statistics, the future for this growing and underserved population is uncertain. How will they be cared for and live meaningful, productive lives?
Erik’s Ranch & Retreats, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, offers innovative career, residential and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism in two locations. Our model is this: an innovative living, working and social model for residents and upscale volunteer guest accommodations at both Erik’s Ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana, and Erik’s Retreat in Edina, Minnesota. What sets us apart is that these unique destinations will be run by the individuals who live there, offering unparalleled vacation options for philanthropic voluntourists and respite opportunities for families affected by developmental disabilities.
We are developing Erik’s Ranch in stages and will proudly launch our respite and vacation offerings in winter 2014 with the first guesthouse on the property. As our capital campaign continues, we will continue to build the residential units, 23 additional guesthouses and guest amenities. Ultimately, the ranch will be a home and work place to 42 adults with autism, providing upscale accommodations and recreational opportunities for more than 100 voluntourists.
As we work to make Erik’s Ranch a reality, we seek support from families and organizations that believe in our vision and want to help launch this innovative model—the only one of its kind in the world. If you are interested in making a donation, visiting us or considering residential opportunities for your young adult with autism, visit www.eriksranch.org.