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A deep, heartfelt extension of gratitude for all of the caring, warmth, and community you have given to my son. The joy of witnessing him coming back to his true nature is immeasurable. The beauty here is incredible, in more ways than one.

~ Parent

One of the secrets of a lasting recovery is the active engagement of an individual in the healing process. SLR was founded with this understanding, and so was the Hauschka Artistic Therapy I facilitate. Unlike many modern therapies, it cannot be done to you. The individual has to have the will to recover.

~ Bea Birch, Hauschka Artistic Therapist

The steadiness of working with your body on the land, that's what feeds you, gives you an internal locus of control, gets you up in the morning.

~ Resident

We have fun together as a community: playing pool, the gym, tennis, softball, pottery, etc. Staff can motivate, inspire, and be role models. Plus they know how to have a good time.

~ Resident

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

Long term staff went beyond the call of duty to help me when I was struggling. They would take time out to talk to me and help me resume my activities. I felt the best when I felt listened to and taken seriously by the staff. I felt that the staff treated me as a person and equal, and not a patient. I have been to other programs but at the Ranch the staff is not just staff.

~ Resident

I felt that I was treated like an equal, and not looked down upon because of my illness.

~ Resident

The Ranch does a good job of getting people up and out of bed and motivated to participate when you don’t think you are up for it. The staff is sincere and wants to help you.

~ Resident

Different staff members were helpful, helped me grow, let me show that I can be a productive member of society. They treated me on the same level as them.

~ Resident

I value the community at the Ranch, the feeling of complete freedom that comes with the ability to express oneself in a way which is both personal and comfortable.

~ Resident

Feeling a part of a team and community, remembering special events; that made me feel very special, and part of a family.

~ Resident

When I arrived I quickly felt that I was safe, and that people cared about me. I was immediately welcomed into the community. There is a family feeling, teamwork, and togetherness at the Ranch.

~ Resident

I valued opportunities to talk to other residents about their experiences with their illnesses, and how they coped. This helped during my recovery: to know others are going through similar things.

~ Resident

The routine and work made sense. It helped to begin to sort out what was real and what was not real. This was the first place I ever got dirt under my nails.

~ Resident

I recall receiving a Worker of the Month award. The crew leader said she initially wondered if I would even show up for crew, but in the end the crew leader was able to leave me in charge of the crew. I felt very good about this, and took pride in the hard work.

~ Resident

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.

~ Resident

Spring Lake Ranch has been a real stabilizing factor in my life. The residents as well as the staff provide the kind of support needed to gain self-esteem and self-confidence. It is the kind of atmosphere where true healing can take place.

~ Resident

I want to thank you and all your staff at Spring Lake Ranch for your efforts with my son. You have the best program I've seen, and I've seen a lot.

~ Parent

I look back on my years spent at Spring Lake Ranch as a time when hope was beginning to come back into my life. Working hard focused my mind on something other than my problems, and the respectful treatment I received from the staff was very healing.

~ Resident

Spring Lake Ranch was the first place where positive thoughts began to come back into my life... I began to believe I could make it after all.

~ Resident

Having had a couple of years away from the Ranch working as a provider in various settings, I am more than ever convinced that Spring Lake Ranch occupies an important niche in the world of mental health care institutions.

~ Former Staff

The things that I learned from the Ranch and the people there, on how to maintain a healthy life are tools that I use daily. They taught me to care for myself first and my family and friends next. It's difficult to do this sometimes, but I know that I can now--thanks to Spring Lake Ranch.

~ Resident