Meet Ali (left) and Kristin (right)
Co-founders of Dragonfly Ranch
Two single moms recognizing the need for our children to continue to succeed after they "age out" of the school system.
As a mother of two children with Fragile X (an intellectual disability), it quickly became apparent that the opportunities for them to experience being active individuals in society was extremely limited. Additionally, being the caregiver of two adults with a disability was going to be difficult.
This is when I came up with the idea of Dragonfly Ranch, started doing research and drafting a Business Plan. As this was happening, another mom who became my close friend, Ali, had a child with intellectual disabilities as well. She quickly jumped on board to help make this dream become a reality.
Unfortunately, Ali passed away before our dream came true.
Ali's older daughter, Shauna, has now come on board with her creativity and belief in this dream. We are making great strides in getting closer to making this dream come true.
This is not just a job to us, it is personal.
Our goal is to create an atmosphere where families can find assistance. Not only to find the tools they need to help their loved ones succeed, but also have a sympathetic person who can help guide them through what can be a frustrating and tiring process. We believe we can all agree that services most times have limitations.
Our goal is to make our organization work for everyone, especially the most vulnerable people who need it.
When people feel included in their community, they naturally develop and grow their talents. This provides immense value to any groups they attend, and the friends and family that they interact with.
Diversity and inclusion breed productivity and innovation in our community. The ability to learn and grow from each other is exponentially expanded.