The Therapeutic Community at Work
What People Are Saying
While clearing saplings, I took time to look around at all of the other crew members, from all walks of life, struggling to various degrees with their illnesses. And yet they were still pushing on to do their jobs together, and helping each other. It was great to see, and gave me inspiration that even on my worst days, there are others feeling bad but are able to push on. It helped me pick it up a notch.
The core of day-to-day life at the Ranch is work. Many people who come to Spring Lake Ranch have lost the spirit and the stamina for work. When working together on a common task, it is much easier to make friends and focus on what one can do, rather than what one can't. On the work program, roles are fluid; residents and staff problem-solve on projects together, both giving and receiving direction. In time, self-esteem and confidence grow out of concrete accomplishment and individual contribution. Residents are asked to be reliable, on time, responsible and respectful - life and work skills that are expected in any job they may have in the future. Through work residents become active participants in their lives once again in ways that are unpredictable, enjoyable, and transformative.
Work is key to those who participate in our Rutland Transitional Programs as well. Community resource staff and advisors team up with vocational rehabilitation and other opportunities to help residents find meaningful work in Rutland County. We have long-term relationships with schools, galleries, libraries, kennels, and businesses where many residents begin to build work experience.
Click here for more on our Work Program Philosophy.