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Live-In Volunteer

Description of Volunteer Opportunity:
Help us create a future of possibilities for young adults affected by autism by joining our Live-In Volunteer Program. Volunteers are required to fulfill a time commitment of four hours per week and a four-hour weekend shift per month. Reduced rent (800/month) is offered to Volunteers.

About Erik’s Ranch & Retreats:
Founded in 2008, Erik’s Ranch, in Paradise Valley, MT, & Retreats, in Edina, MN, 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 locations.
Erik’s Ranch & Retreats provides members (young adults with autism) individual housing, meaningful employment, and social opportunities in a single model. This allows them to 1) match their strengths and passions to their employment; 2) have many supported positive social and recreational opportunities enabling their independence; 3) engage in surroundings that encourage family and community participants; 4) become productive tax-paying citizens; 5) have the ability to thrive and be included/accepted members of society; 6) participate in educating the larger community of autism.

Examples of Volunteer Services:
o  Participate in social outings with our members: Outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking and more.
o  You as well have the opportunity to attend concerts, festivals, restaurants, and game nights.
o  Supporting our members when they assist with guest accommodations
o  Supporting our members in their daily living, their living skills and other duties as assigned.

o  Undergraduate degree
o  Professional/graduate student preferred
o  Experience with autism or other mental health disabilities preferred
o  One-year commitment (one-year lease requirement)
o  Must pass background check

Apartment Details:
o  Unfurnished apartment with stove top, refrigerator, central heat/air conditioning
o  All utilities included
o  Free WIFI
o  Pets allowed with nonrefundable deposit
o  Discounted vacation/family stays at Erik’s Retreat

Building Details:
o  Laundry room (free use of machines)
o  Workout room
o  Secure building
o  Surface lot parking

Nearby Erik’s Retreat:
o  Walkable to Southdale business area for all shopping/entertainment
o  Bus stop at corner; bus hub blocks away at Southdale shopping center