The Rancho Mission Viejo family has a long tradition of community service. Examples of The Ranch family’s commitment to philanthropic service and cultural enrichment can be seen throughout Orange County, including the historic areas of San Juan Capistrano. Over the years, family members have helped revitalize the downtown district by developing Mission Promenade; by supporting the Mission San Juan Capistrano Preservation Foundation; by contributing, initially and annually, to the O’Neil Museum, home of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society; and by preserving the landmark El Adobe Restaurant. They have been partners in the creation of many facilities, foundations and events which benefit all of South Orange County. These include, but are not limited to:
Cow Camp Caridades
In keeping with the great Western tradition of passing the hat for a neighbor in need, the Rancho Mission Viejo family established its own charity decades ago to both provide assistance to local charitable entities and help support those families living and working on the Ranch, many of whom have lived at Rancho Mission Viejo all their lives.
Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center
Together with six physicians, Richard Jerome O’Neill built Mission Hospital in 1971. In 2004, The Ranch family committed to donate $1 million dollars toward Mission Hospital’s Emergency Room expansion. Each year, the hospital’s ER treats more than 50,000 patients in a space originally built to accommodate only 25,000 visits. The expanded and renovated emergency room has increased in size by 45% and can now accommodate up to 80,000 patient visits a year. To learn more, visit www.mission4health.com.
Camino Health Center
Camino Health Center in San Juan Capistrano provides a wide assortment of medical services and patient care classes for more than 80,000 families in need. To learn more, visit www.mission4health.com/affiliations/camino-health-center.html.
The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
The Shea Center is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs. To learn more, visit www.sheacenter.org.
R.H. Dana Exceptional Needs Facility
From its campus within the Capistrano Unified School District, the R.H. Dana Exceptional Needs Facility provides a broad range of education instruction to over 100 special needs children from birth through sixth grade. To learn more, visit rhdenf.capousd.ca.schoolloop.com.
Heart of Jesus Retreat Center
The Heart of Jesus Retreat Center provides a safe place for religious instruction, before/after school care, summer programs and more to children throughout Santa Ana and the County. The Center is just one example of the missionary work conducted by the Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart. To learn more, visit www.sacredheartsisters.com/heartofjesusretreatcenter/.