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The Therapeutic Community at Work

Spring Lake Ranch
Spring Lake Ranch
Spring Lake Ranch

What People Are Saying

I had to learn to take responsibility for myself. I struggled with working on the woods crew. I didn’t want to do it. With the help of my advisors, I learned it was not just about doing what you want to do, but learning to do what is needed of you.

~ Resident

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.