Getting ready to go and seeing some coyotes
January 02, 2018
BENEFITING: Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center
We are raising money for the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center in California to build the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch for the Sensory Impaired (RRMR). Every little bit helps plus some! Please know that all donations to OCDAC are tax deductible. This cause means a lot to us, and we believe that we can make a difference together. Thanks so much for your generosity!
There are not enough resources for people with sensory impairments, so we are going to build them! People who are deaf, blind, and autistic need to learn skills to live with their sensory impairments and need a safe place to do so. Some of them don't have families to support and care for them during this difficult transition and end up in nursing homes! In addition to being in an environment that is not set up to meet their needs, they are using up tax payer dollars to be warehoused! This is a horrible waste of money and more importantly a complete waste of human potential! Let's not let this happen! We can build a place for them where they can learn to live with their impairment and become productive citizens!
The Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch will provide housing and training while being built with sustainable and renewable materials. Each resident will live in their own tiny house. In addition we will have service dog training facilities and aquaponics that will grow food and Koi Fish. There will be classes on Sign Language, Braille, Social Skills and more.
We currently have 20 acres of land in Utah we are making payments on. Three of us are volunteering to go live on the land while we build to coordinate volunteers and materials. Each one of us has a disability and is currently living on the 2.5 acres of leased land in Lancaster, CA to gain experience. Beth Koenig has Aspergers, a form of high functioning autism, Johnny Lam, her fiance, is blind since birth and Bobby Fleener is hard of hearing. We believe very strongly that this project can help a lot of people with sensory disabilities.
We will also be running our eBay and Amazon stores selling aids and devices that assist the sensory impaired. Our goal is to build enough to have space for 30 people to live, work, and learn on the ranch. A person leaving our ranch should be much better able to deal with the everyday issues living with their sensory impairment causes.
We are raising the funds needed to buy the equipment we need. If you have the following or know who can donate them please let us know.
- 2 camper trailers
- a one-ton 4 wheel drive pick-up truck (use to haul trailers and do other work on the ranch)
- water trailer
- dual fuel generator
- solar panels and deep cycle marine batteries
- empty unused sand bags
- rolls of barbed wire in good condition
Johnny has been busy learning all about quail and has successfully hatched 2 batches of baby quail. Please help us follow our dream to help others like ourselves be more independent and self sufficient... follow, donate, and share this fundraiser today!
Named after our late founder Richard P. Roehm, the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch (RRMR) aims to be a self-sustaining residential and training program by and for those with sensory issues (ie. deafness, blindness, and / or autism) run and managed by the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center. The land in Lancaster and the projects run there are an important step towards fulfilling our dream and making the RRMR a reality.