The Ranch began because a baby was born, a baby with the condition known as Down syndrome. Her parents learned quickly that this baby - like their other children - was first and foremost a person, worthy of love, friends, and the joys, sorrows, and opportunities open to any other.
Inspired by the writings of Jean Vanier, Henri Nouwen, and Rudolf Steiner, Down Home Ranch was conceived as an intentional community, where people with and without disabilities would live and work together - tending the animals, raising our food, and celebrating the seasons of life together.
The Catholic Worker movement was founded in 1933 by Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day in New York City to implement the teachings of the Gospels and Catholic social teaching, especially as presented in the social encyclicals. A basic concept of their movement was hospitality and Dorothy and Peter and a few others began to house the homeless immediately. The movement grew and many other houses of hospitality began across the United States.