By popular demand, Rancho will soon have “merch” for sale on our website.
Check out Rancho’s website for our signature T-shirts and Sweatshirts!
All proceeds will go back into the program for the youth at Rancho.
For more information please call (818) 882-6400 x110.
A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This year marks the 15-year anniversary of the birth of Rancho San Antonio Boys Home, Inc. At that time, our organization went through a seamless transition of ownership that allowed us to continue previous services and embark on expansion to build upon the meaningful work of the prior 75 years. Two organizations, one mission. Together, “Rancho,” as we are often referred, celebrates 90 years of helping young people achieve our vision to “RISK CHANGE GROW.” In commemoration of the event, we pulled out our scrapbooks to document nine decades of changing lives. As we focus on various upgrades around campus, these photos remind us of the stories and memories that have taken place in each of the buildings.
Rancho has always seen the value in arts, trades, and vocation. As we paged through our albums, there are countless photos of the days when the “Shurter Campus Trade Center” was a pottery kiln, a print shop, and even a dark room for film development. As we reminisce, Brother John shared the story of the fire in the pottery room; Paul Key, our Plant Manager and alumnus, remembered the days of the print shop and many of our youth have never even seen “film.”
Thanks to our generous donors, this space will soon be the home of the Creative Healing Arts Studio with a state-of-the-art recording booth, soundproof musical rooms, and a large arts studio. The space is already a safe haven for creativity on campus and it’s about to get a whole lot more amazing! To commemorate this celebration, Rancho hosted a birthday party for all our staff. We honored our history learning that Rancho was originally named “Rancho Canoga,” we played games, sang happy birthday, and watched a slide show of old photos from days gone by. The party favor was a retro shirt design complete with our vision statement honoring the work that has been done over the years. We gathered for a group photo to document this moment in time. We teach our kids to RISK, CHANGE, GROW, but as an agency, we have also learned to do the same.
For many driving by Rancho or seeing old photos, is like driving past your grandparents’ house. We are so fortunate to have so many long term staff and alumni to keep our history alive in the present. We are blessed to have stakeholders like you keeping our mission alive into the future. Stay tuned for our end of the year newsletter that will highlight our history over the decades.
Aubree Sweeney, LMFT
Brother John Crowe
WISE WORDS FROM OUR CORNERSTONE
You said you were afraid to go to a better place
until I lit the path and took your hand.
You said that you were afraid to try
until I convinced you that, in my eyes, you couldn’t fail.
You said you couldn’t share your hurt
until I showed you the scars on my heart.
You said you wished you could do things differently
until I convinced you that it wouldn’t change how I felt about you.
You said you couldn’t fly
until I lifted your arms and blew confidence under your wings.
You said you were too tired to go on
until I lent my shoulder to carry your load.
You started to say you didn’t deserve…
I said be still and know that you are special.
Bro. John Crowe, CSC
Our youth and staff collaborated to create a beautiful art piece for the Youth Voice Art Gallery. “The Bridge was created to connect two worlds together. We chose not to create a fancy bridge because this path was not an easy one for us. The people coming from a stormy land to a sunny land represent how we feel. The storm represents the difficulties in our homeland, but we still love our home and countries. We still dream about our homes. Wherever we go, our home is with us, following us in the clouds.” Each youth painted a figure with a backpack that represents their different country, symbolizing that wherever they go, home is with them.
The Creative Healing Arts (CHA) Program is entering the next chapter in providing powerful, transformative, and therapeutic experiences for the youth at Rancho. We are continuing to expand our footprint to increase access to services. We have said goodbye to the original creative music and art space to make room for a lively update in line with therapeutic values and insight. Our clients still had the need to express themselves during the space being updated. With a creative approach and their passion for music and self-expression, they created a recording area and used this project as a way to manage their triggers, emotions, and other methods of coping. CHA is a hands-on creative and therapeutic experience for all at-risk youth.
Rancho is grateful to our friends who contributed from Dec 1, 2022 through February 1, 2023. All donations are greatly appreciated. Our mission would not be possible without your continued support.