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The Beloved Community

The Beloved Community

ABHCM members are deeply rooted in the dream of a “beloved community” marked by love, inclusion and justice. In such a place, all of us are fully accepted as we are created. Every person is valued and honored for his or her inherent worth.

 

As a child who struggled with learning disabilities, Dr. Ralph Showers dreamed of a place where adults with special needs could come together and cultivate lives of purpose and dignity. In 1974 that vision became Rainbow Acres, a ministry in Camp Verde, Ariz., that encourages people to live to their fullest potential.

 

From its beginning, the ranch-style community has developed several “firsts” for residential organizations serving persons with disabilities, including neurodevelopmental therapy, fine arts instruction, vocational and equestrian training, and other enrichment programs. Over the years, the ranch has expanded to include 30 acres and serve nearly 100 people.

 

Through Rainbow Acres and other ABHCM members serving those with special needs, we see evidence of love, the “beloved community” envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and ABHCM’s long-standing commitment to honor every child of God.

 

Peace and blessings,

The Rev. Garth Brokaw
ABHCM Executive Director

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