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Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Chris Guerrero, 21, with his mother, Marla, at Echoing Hope Ranch, which plans to have enrichment and job training programs. Residents must be at least 18 and be capable of some independence. The nonprofit will have 10 beds, says Marla Guerrero, executive director.

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Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Christopher Guerrero occupies one of the bedrooms at Echoing Hope Ranch. The nonprofit can answer a desperate parent's most nagging question: "What happens after I'm gone?"

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Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

The San Pedro River Inn in the process of becoming the Echoing Hope Ranch. Requests are already coming in from parents desperate to secure one of the Echoing Hope's few beds.

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Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Carmen goes through old pictures with Ryan. He attends special classes at Rincon High, where he can stay until he is 22. Then, "What are we going to do with these big boys who require constant care?" she wonders.

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Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Carmen Palacio helps her son, Ryan, 16, brush his teeth. She fears for the future of the strapping Ryan, who is prone to outbursts of aggression.

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Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Ryan digs into his favorite meal of french fries with apple and banana slices. His medications and supplements are nearby.

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Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

Hereford nonprofit offers a ray of hope in the gloom of autism

After agonizing for years, Tucson mother Harlie Garcia found her answer along a rural road surrounded by cottonwood trees and mountain vistas.

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