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Erik's Ranch & Retreats

  • 1 person is interested

Help create a future of possibilities for highly independent young adults affected by autism by joining our Live-in Volunteer Program. In exchange for reduced rent of $900 in our studio apartment, volunteers fulfill a time commitment of 4 hours per week and a 4-hour weekend shift per month. All utilities are included in the rent along with free wifi. Apartment is unfurnished with stove/oven, refrigerator, central heat/air conditioning and pets are allowed with a nonrefundable deposit. We have a laundry room with free use of machines and a work out room as well. We also offer discounted vacation/family stays at Erik’s Ranch or Erik’s Retreat for participants of our Live-In Volunteer program.

Founded in 2008, Erik's Ranch & Retreats is a first-of-its-kind living, working, and social environment for young adults with autism. Not only are both locations home to young adults with autism, but what sets Erik's Ranch & Retreats apart is that these young adults operate the boutique-style/guest accommodations at our two destination locations: Erik’s Retreat in Edina, MN, and Erik's Ranch in Paradise Valley, MT. Erik's Ranch & Retreats provides members (young adults with autism) individual housing, meaningful employment and social opportunities in a single model allowing our members to 1) match their strengths and passions to their employment; 2) have many supported positive social and recreational opportunities enabling independence; 3) engage in surroundings that encourage family and community participation; 4) become productive tax-paying citizens; 5) thrive and are included/accepted members of society and educate the larger community.

Examples of volunteer services:

* Participate in social outings with our members- Outdoor activities of all kinds including hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking and more. Attend concerts, festivals, game night, restaurants.

* Be an assistant tour guide. Our members lead tours: Segway tour, Craft Cocktail tour, City of Lakes Limo tour, Penthouse Art tour and others to be determined.

* Support our members assisting guest accommodations * Support members in daily living skills and other duties as assigned

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For more information, please email us at volunteer@eriksranch.org or call us at 612-401-3080

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About Erik's Ranch & Retreats


3420 Heritage Drive, EDINA, MN 55435, US

Mission Statement

Erik’s Ranch & Retreats provides safe and unequaled living, working, social and recreational environments for young adults with autism, using its guiding principles of lifelong learning, individual community building, and bidirectional integration through voluntourism. We’re committed to giving these individuals a rewarding life on their own terms, experiencing dignity, compassion and the joy of continuing possibility.


Welcome to Erik’s Ranch & Retreats. A solution that was born out of love. And need. We proudly offer a first-of-its kind living, working and social environment for young adults with autism. Not only are both locations home to young adults with autism, but what sets Erik’s Ranch & Retreats apart is that these young adults operate the boutique-style guest accommodations at our two destination locations: the Retreat in Edina, Minn., and Erik’s Ranch, in Paradise Valley, Mont.

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3420 Heritage Dr.Minneapolis, MN 55435



  • Facilities Management
  • Baking
  • Life Coaching
  • Hospitality
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Special Needs




  • Background Check
  • 12-month lease
  • • Undergraduate degree • Professional/grad student preferred • Experience with autism or other mental health disabilities preferred • One-year commitment (1 year lease requirement) • Must pass background check

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