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 Vocational Services, 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 asandoval@dhs.lacounty.gov.

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Lorena was referred to Vocational Services to explore her readiness to return to work.  Before her stroke, she worked as a forklift driver for a cosmetics company and also set up for trade shows.


While participating in Rancho Works she improved her standing tolerance, her ability to use her weak arm, and learned new strategies to effectively participate in work-related activities. 


Lorena is now a paid worker in the Rancho Works Café. She is a valued member of the team and is looking forward to reaching her goal of full employment in the community!

"Participating in the Rancho Works Program is an incredibly motivating and rewarding experience. I am happy to say that my manual dexterity, standing stability, and walking have seen great improvement along with my overall mood and outlook. Working in the café fosters continual development in a real world setting and is the perfect way to go beyond after completing occupational and physical therapy"

— Giovanni Vargas, Current Rancho Works Participant


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.