Support our Hideaway Building Project

October 6, 2023

We are embarking on an exciting new project and requesting your support in order to accomplish our goal!

Candlelight Ranch has continued to successfully expand our services and outdoor programming to the central Texas community. Our only air-conditioned space at the ranch is the small, original homestead, the Fisher Cabin.  With the increased demands on our programs and year-round visits from the groups we serve, we desperately need more indoor space to serve our clients, serve as staff offices, and to provide a very important cooling zone for children in the hot summer months. Our Board of Directors has recently approved the building of a new multi-purpose metal structure that will feature bunk rooms, private meeting rooms, staff offices, and a large multi-functional space for learning, games, and collaboration – and cooling off in the hot summer months.  

The Hideaway is a unique 1500 square foot metal building on a concrete slab featuring:

  • multipurpose education space that will enhance learning, collaboration, and fun.
  • A climate-controlled space where campers can learn about nature while catching a break from the summer heat
  • Two additional bunk rooms for guests and interns
  • A centralized office location for staff and volunteers to collaborate and meet
  • Increased opportunities to serve children with special or complex medical needs during inclement weather.
  • 12×30 covered porch for relaxing and enjoying nature

The Multipurpose Education Space will include:

Learning space for up to 30

Education zones for children

Fully wired audio/video

Sensory wall & reading area

Storage & snack bar

Donor Recognition Tree

Project Cost & Timeline

$330,000 to build & furnish Hans’ Hideaway

Candlelight Ranch Board of Directors approved project in Sept 2023

Groundbreaking: October 2023

Target completion: April 2024

Fully incorporated into programs in May 2024

You Can Help Us Reach Our Goal!

All Donations toward The Hideaway are fully tax-deductible.

We accept donations through our website, checks, donor advised funds, gifts of stock, and employer giving programs.

Donations at $1,000 or above will be recognized on the Donor Tree

  • Personal Engraved Bird: $10,000 or above
  • Personal Engraved Butterfly: $5,000-$9,999
  • Personal Engraved Leaf: $1,000 – $4,999

We are grateful for all donations for this much needed new building.

To learn more or to donate, please reach out to Tara Gray, Development Director at [email protected]