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High Quality, Fresh,

Healthy Foods

Changing lives,

one job at a time


Rancho Works Café strives to provide  high quality, fresh and healthy food options at an affordable price while changing the image of disability to ability, one job at a time.


Rancho began in 1888 as a Los Angeles County Poor Farm, where people of different abilities were given a chance to live and work as contributing members of their community.  The story continues through the Rancho Works Program. The program, under Occupational Therapy Work Rehabilitation, builds on that legacy of inclusivity and productivity.  The program enables participants (patients) of all diagnoses, abilities and backgrounds to regain a sense of self-esteem and well-being through work-related activities.  In the Rancho Works Café the participant’s recovery is promoted by engaging both the mind and body in actual job duties in a real work setting. 

It is important to have a well-trained, reliable workforce. The Rancho Works program provides training customized to meet the needs of your business, focusing training on: Time Management, Customer Service, ServSafe Food Handling, Organizational Skills, Point of Sale System Operation, Stocking & Inventory, and Teamwork.

The Rancho Works Cafe is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.  You can find us on the Rancho campus in the outpatient building, room 1101 and 1103.  Please feel free to call the cafe at (562) 385-8205.  The administrative office can be reached at

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Ofelia became a patient at Rancho following a stroke in 2014 which resulted in aphasia and limited use of her right arm. Prior to her stroke she was working in computers and customer service for a pharmaceutical manufacturing company. After she completed her outpatient OT, PT, & ST programs, Ofelia was hired as a worker at the Rancho Works Café & Gift Shop where she was able to learn and build job-related skills in a supportive environment. Ofelia was a very dependable and determined worker for almost 3 years at the Café. In conjunction with specific training provided by OT’s Work Rehabilitation program, Ofelia was hired for a housekeeping position with Servicon Systems Inc. in November 2021. 

Jesus, her Servicon supervisor said: “Ofelia is assigned to the day shift and provides services to the OPB 3rd floor. She is an outstanding employee and great addition to our team. Ofelia is a highly motivated and productive worker. She is well-liked by everyone who works with her!” We asked Ofelia what she likes most about her job at Servicon and she said: “I like it all! I am paired with my co-worker, Santana. She corrects me when needed, but I don’t mind! It helps me perform my job better. I keep learning more and more each day. My bosses are very good people.” When asked “what are you most proud of” Ofelia responded: “I am most proud of myself. Everything I do. I don’t want anyone having to correct my work. I must learn how to do things well myself.” Lastly, Ofelia was asked what advice she has for others: “Keep trying new things and keep improving. We can do it!” 


You can be a part of Rancho’s rich history by partnering with the Rancho Works Café!  


Here’s how :

•Selling your products in our café

•Hosting fundraising events

•Hosting current participants in your business with the possibility of employment

Thank you for supporting the Rancho Works Café.

All proceeds go back to the program and supporting the participant’s return to work.

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