Press Release (ePRNews.com) - SANTA YNEZ, CA - Sep 02, 2017 - The Recovery Ranch of Santa Ynez has decided that there is more to be done than simply assisting with clean-up efforts after Hurricane Harvey. In the coming days, 20 men affected by the recent disaster in Eastern Texas will be offered a warm bed and a safe, structured, and welcoming environment to continue their fight against addiction.
The main ambition of the Recovery Ranch in these trying times is simple: to bring the same enthusiasm, commitment, and selflessness practiced in their sober lives at The Ranch to the individuals devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Their goal is to provide a safe and welcoming refuge for those struggling with addiction who were displaced by the floods, so they can continue their journey on the road of recovery.
That being said, the Recovery Ranch is no stranger to altruism and hard work. A fundamental part of building a life of sobriety is having a strong work ethic, something that the men of the Recovery Ranch know all too well.
I have been at the Ranch for two years as of August 22. I came out here from St. Louis Missouri. Things were not going well, so my mom got me a plane ticket out here to California and that’s where it started. When I first got here I just tried to fit in and play the part. As time went on I realized I was not going to be able to slide by and I would have to put in some real work if I really wanted to change anything. It was not easy and there was definitely times I wanted to quit but I’m grateful now that none of the guys here let me. The Ranch helped me get my life back together. I now have a full time job that I really enjoy, working for our Men’s Clothing Store, I just recently was able to buy a Car and I’m working my way too fully supporting myself. Two years ago I wouldn’t have even imagined my life going in this direction and I owe it to the Ranch and all the guys that helped me change my life.
In February of 2015, 14 men from the program travelled to Costa Rica to build a home for then 70-year-old Emile Vasquez. In 2016, without hesitation, a group of charitable and willing young men boarded a plane to Fayetteville, North Carolina with nothing more than their backpacks to help those in need in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. They returned home having cleared wreckage from thirteen homes in just one week.
The Recovery Ranch is a men’s structured sober living home located just north of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley. The program was founded with the intent to give men of all ages and walks of life the opportunity to work on the things that encourage their dependence on drugs and alcohol, while building relationships focused on helping each other change. Through utilizing John Wooden’s principles of character, work ethic, and selflessness, and the foundations of accountability and brutal honesty, the gentlemen of Recovery Ranch learn how to live a responsible, purposeful, and fulfilling life in sobriety.