Spring Lake Ranch's working farm is situated on 700 acres of forest and pastures in the hills above the village of Cuttingsville, and just below one of the most beautiful and unspoiled lakes in Vermont. The beauty and serenity of rural Vermont - the rolling hills, wooded paths, and scenic vistas - is tightly woven into the life of the community.
Small homes, housing from four to eight residents each, sit alongside our garden, barns, repair shop, sugar house, pottery studio, gym, and tennis court as well as several houses for our staff and their families. All of these are clustered near the original farmhouse that serves as the center of the Ranch, with its community dining room, kitchens, offices, and meeting spaces.
The average stay might include six months in the relatively secluded and safe setting of the Ranch, followed by a supported gradual introduction to greater independence through our transitional living program in the town of Rutland, Vermont. Rutland, though large by Vermont standards, is a small community with access to theatre and the arts, local sports and recreation, respected colleges, wellness opportunities that range from excellent hospital facilities to holistic and non-traditional health services, and easy access to hiking trails, rivers, and several popular downhill ski mountains.
Spring Lake Ranch was founded in 1932 by Wayne and Elizabeth Sarcka, and has operated throughout its long history on the principle of treating people as people, acknowledging their challenges and drawing out their strengths. Through shared work on a Vermont farm and a vibrant community experience in a safe environment, we help people rebuild themselves after the devastation of mental illness and substance abuse.
We recognize that individuals grow and progress at different rates. Our program allows residents to move at their own pace through a continuum of care that offers a spectrum of options. Whether at our Royce Street transitional home, in an individual apartment in our Townhouse, or in an independent apartment in the city of Rutland, residents who transition into our Rutland Program can flex their wings in an open but supported environment.