Cornerstone Ranch is refreshingly different from most other group homes for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Built on Christian values, our family-centered environment creates a safe place where independence thrives, character grows, and confidence is nurtured. We are a home where adults with special needs can indeed experience abundant life. Residents do not spend their day in front of the television. Instead, they serve, exercise, worship, and work as productive and useful members of the community.
Located on 42 acres just outside of McKinney, Texas, Cornerstone’s 10,000-square-foot residential home comfortably accommodates seven adults with disabilities residentially, and two highly integrated care giving families. The Cornerstone staff strives to help each resident and day program participants feel loved, respected, and safe. We have been blessed with minimal staff turnover, which helps each individual feel secure and embraced in a loving home.
Cornerstone Ranch exists to enable our residents and day program participants to live three core values:
Be productive members of our local community by serving and loving others.
Live an abundant life through which they realize their God-given potential, and enjoy every day to its fullest.
Experience the joy of living with people who truly love them and celebrate their miraculous lives.
“Cornerstone has taught my son much more independence and spirit of service. More importantly, it provides a home where his life is edified, where he has lots of stimulation, friends, and peace of mind for his Mom and Dad, who love him very much.”Parent of Cornerstone Resident
In 1999, David and Cynthia Heaton began dreaming of a home like Cornerstone. The Heatons were volunteering with a Young Life special needs group in Dallas, and realized that something needed to be done for these students as they graduated from high school. Without the ability to live independently, their friends with disabilities were forced into living situations that were less than ideal, and missing the abundant life they were created for.
In 2001, after graduating from college and as young newlyweds, the Heatons opened their own home to three men with special needs. Their ministry continued to grow and flourish, and Cornerstone Ranch was incorporated. In 2004, the Heatons purchased 42 peaceful acres of land outside McKinney, and they built our 10,000-square foot ranch home. In 2006, our first residents moved in. They have remained with us ever since, along with our faithful direct care staff who live on site with their own children.
While remaining true to our core values, Cornerstone Ranch is now executing the Heaton’s vision to vastly expand. In 2011, we built our Board and Advisory Council and added a non-residential day program and an enterprise program. In 2014, we welcomed Mary Klentzman as the new Executive Director of Cornerstone.
We are thriving and preparing to grow into a sprawling Christian community for 100-plus residents, changing the way the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex cares for people with disabilities. (See the “Expansion” page for a site plan and the details of our vision.)