Sen. Dodd Names Progress Ranch Yolo County Nonprofit of the Year

Thursday, May 18, 2023

DAVIS – Progress Ranch, which for nearly 50 years has provided high-quality mental health residential treatment for boys who have experienced trauma and abuse, ensuring they can heal and grow, has been named Yolo County Nonprofit of the Year for 2023 by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa.

“Progress Ranch has provided truly excellent mental health care and treatment for some of California’s most vulnerable children and families, often from the foster care system,” Sen. Dodd said. “These are heartbreaking situations and the enthusiastic team has stepped up with dedication and hard work. They’ve helped many kids transition into permanent living environments. I am proud to recognize them for their remarkable achievement.”

“We offer mental health support in nurturing settings to prepare children for life in a family,” said Alyssum Maguire, Progress Ranch executive director. “Most of our kids would otherwise be bouncing from place to place, or in and out of hospitals. Our unique combination of intensive mental health treatment and community involvement helps transform generations of past trauma and mental illness into future generations of healthy families.”

Progress Ranch Treatment Services for Children was founded in 1976 as a single group home, and has evolved over the years to meet the needs of children and families. It specializes in treating boys aged 6-13 who have experienced trauma, attachment disruption, and who need short term 24/7 care from specially trained staff. Many of the boys come from temporary housing or foster homes. The goal of the organization is to help every child thrive within a family environment.

Progress Ranch works closely with Yolo County community members who volunteer to help the boys with activities such as horseback riding, sports, swimming, gymnastics, and community events. Over the decades, the community has stepped up to provide mentorship, tutoring, play structures, handmade personalized quilts and more. Last fiscal year, 75% of the children moved into a family setting and a quarter moved into short-term residential treatment. None were discharged into a hospital, the juvenile justice system or into a shelter.

Photo Caption: Back Row (from left): Theresa Rhodes, Gonzalo Arriaga-Bocanegra, Amber A., Sky J., Andrew Mills, Matt Lemcke, JD Smith, Jim Trask, Andrew Gaudet, Jason Chu; Middle Row: Alyssum Maguire, Angie Branham, Darci Nunes, Jada M., Rayea McDowell, Lucia Palmaro, Cristal Bravo, Shemariah Lewis, Maggie Covarrubias, Kelsey Hermann, Joy Rose. Front Row: Jamal Oney, Hannah Davenport, Junique Alexander, Jamy C.




Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Yolo, Sonoma, Solano, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties. More information on Senator Bill Dodd can be found at