Mission: Providing loving homes and empowering support services for individuals with developmental disabilities, gently guiding these special people toward greater independence and fuller community participation.
Peppermint Ridge was an idea that was formed by two loving parents, Mary and Bob Jeffery, who wanted to provide quality care and opportunities for their developmentally disabled son Roger. He was born in 1945 and was soon diagnosed with severe autism and manic depression, along with a diminished mental capacity – his brain remained functioning at the level of an eighteen-month-old child, even as he grew older.
Unhappy with the limitations and inadequate care provided by the government and private facilities for developmentally disabled children, Mary and Bob decided that the best option for Roger was to build a facility where they could care for him themselves. They founded Peppermint Ridge in 1959 and opened the doors to other young boys with the same needs. Their mission was simple: to provide a community of loving homes and support services to adults with developmental disabilities so they can reach their full potential.
Support for Peppermint Ridge grew rapidly, and by 1975, they moved from Norco Hills to their current location in Corona, where they serve almost 100 residents in 11 homes. Every day, residents are loved and cared for just as they are. From sharing a smile to learning a new skill, each day is filled with opportunities that enable adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential and lead lives of dignity and purpose.
- About 1 in 6 children are diagnosed with a developmental disability.
- Developmental disabilities begin any time during development up to 22 years of age, and they usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.
- More nursing hours are provided at Peppermint Ridge than mandated by California state law.
- Peppermint Ridge’s in-house transportation service transports 75% of the residents, significantly reducing wait/ride time and behavioral incidents.
How You Can Help
Make a House a Home
Peppermint Ridge gives each resident more than a place to live. It offers them the opportunity to interact within a community of peers and be accepted for who they are. They have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, but that is only possible with donations. Support from donations will help the gap between what the state pays to provide care and what it actually costs to give the care Peppermint Ridge’s residents deserve.
Volunteers are a major benefactor to the operations at Peppermint Ridge. There are a number of ways you can participate, including beautifying their campus, volunteering in their office, and assisting with activities or fundraisers.
Share Your Talent
If you have any fun talents, such as singing, dancing or magic tricks, Peppermint Ridge would love for you to visit and share them with the residents, who always welcome new performances.
825 Magnolia Ave., Corona, CA 92879-3219 • (951) 273-7320