Residential Program
  Circle T Ranch's approach to serving men with developmental challenges will provide a model for other similar Ranch settings. We hope to be able to foster other programs in California as the resources become available.
Educational Program

The Circle of Learning will be the hub of the Ranchers' educational program.

The Circle of Learning will have four resource areas:

  • Functional Life Skills - teaching and reinforcing daily living skills, including Christian values in social interaction;
  • Life Skills Enrichment - providing a setting to identify each Rancher's special gift with opportunities for on-the-job training and employment in areas of ranching skills or support;
  • Cognitive Skills Development - a Computer Lab for practical cognitive skills training in mathematics, sequencing, reading comprehension, and for personal communications skills enhancement;
  • Music/Art -identifying special talents in music and art.
Vocational Program

The Circle T staff is currently formulating a process to establish each Rancher's personal gifts and talents to help him achieve his full potential. There will be opportunities within the group and in the local community so each can be encouraged to use his gift and talents to minister to others. The Vocational Program is comprised of four positions, and the Rancher will be placed at a given position based upon work history. Placement to a different position or level is determined after a performance history review and testing period. Specific requirements both physically and academically will be established for each position, and candidates will be reviewed by professionals before acceptance to a higher level.

  • Ranch Crew
    Ranchers are assigned to crews that work on site in the kitchen, housekeeping, ranching activities, greenhouses, gardens or other activities in support of the Ranch. Crew leaders identify skills for each Rancher to master in a particular crew. This will be a minimum wage level position.
  • Rancher
    At this optional level Ranchers with vocational abilities that can be utilized in the functions of the ranch will be paid at a level commensurate with their skills. Again, specific skills are identified, productivity goals are established, and positive attitudes toward work are developed.
  • Ranch Lead Person
    When a Rancher develops skills and shows an aptitude toward leadership he will be trained for this position. This level begins with a formal discussion involving Ranchers and selected professionals in personnel and leadership. Ranchers will be trained in meeting the needs of others and helping them to reach their potential. This Level is an optional level and may not be considered appropriate for all Ranchers.
  • Foreman
    At this level the Rancher has achieved both experience and knowledge to lead others successfully in their duties. This will include performance, safety and personal assistance. He will have a working knowledge of many Ranch responsibilities.
  • Off Ranch Vocations
    Those residents wishing to work off-ranch will be provided with job coaches.
Recreation and Leisure

In the areas of social development, Circle T Ranchers will be given opportunities for travel, training in Special Olympics and in the Arts.

Special Olympics

If a rancher shows a desire to compete in the Special Olympics he will be given an opportunity to train and condition for any event (s).  Special Olympics have competitions in basketball, floor hockey, bowling, bicycling, swimming, soccer, track & field, golf and bocce ball. A physical fitness center is located in the main ranch house.

The Circle T Ranch will emphasize the Special Olympics Oath: "Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt!"  The Ranchers will be taught that their attitudes are an extension of their faith in God.

  A music room is planned and will be equipped with donated musical instruments which can be played for personal enjoyment and discovery. Artistic expression classes in painting, drawing and other visual arts will be offered through volunteer staffing.
Spiritual Life

The Timothy Circle and the Circle T Ranch is founded upon the principles of the Judeo-Christian faith. Circle T Ranch will serve individuals from all faiths, but work ethics and personal development emphasis will be instructed from Christian principles found in both the Old and New Testaments. We use, as a basis of our dream, the words of Paul found in 1 Timothy 4:4-6, " Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it. We may receive it gladly, with thankful hearts. For we know it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. If you explain this to the brothers and sisters, you will be doing your duty as a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is fed by the message of faith and the true teaching you have followed."

Staff will provide leadership in voluntary Morning Prayer Circles, weekly Bible Studies, at Prayer & Praise Fellowship meetings and provide prayer at each meal. Participation in these activities will be at the discretion of each Rancher. More importantly, Ranchers will be encouraged to participate in churches throughout the community. Assistance from sponsoring churches will be welcomed to review, evaluate and teach their spiritual development programs or to experience life on the Ranch as a retreat. The staff and Ranchers will welcome adult and youth groups to work on the ranch on scheduled mission trips. Bunk house facilities are being considered for visiting groups.

A small chapel is planned for on-site worship and meditation. A beautiful leaded glass window with a cut glass depiction of the cross was donated by Dr Robert H. Schuller to be set as a widow in the chapel.

Would you like to help? We could use your prayers, financial assistance or your physical help. E-mail us at We would love to get your feedback. You may send your contributions to:

The Timothy Circle

11151 San Gabriel Way

Valley Center, CA 92082

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