When we were up at Rumsen Ranch in Anza last weekend, many ideas about what we could do with the Ranch were discussed, but only a few were chosen.
One of the main ideas was having a Veterans Center.
Many of our troops come home, and end up homeless and jobless. Rumsen Ranch would provide a place to sleep, food, and the opportunity for our veterans to learn practical skills. 4 hours of volunteer work would be mandatory, with veterans learning valuable work skills, like wiring electricity (electrician), plumbing & land maintenance/management. This would benefit the community, the veterans, and the tribe.
In keeping with the theme of engaging with the community, another idea was to collaborate with Southwestern Vocational College, a local college focused on the training and licensing needs of students interested in the Criminal Justice careers field. Current students would be able to come to Rumsen Ranch to get some hands-on experience and get credit for it, while the ranch would be protected/guarded.
Most Importantly, Rumsen Ranch would be a place where we could come and just hang out, go camping, do ceremonies, sweat lodges, clear the forest to prevent fires, play sports and games, use the computers and classrooms, and generally relax. There would even been animals like horses, chickens, pigs and other animals to raise. It would be a place that would create jobs for tribal members, homes and skills for veterans, and a place for the tribe.