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The Refuge Ranch, Inc. was birthed out of a 17 year relationship with Dunklin Memorial Church, Inc., which has operated a drug regeneration ministry for adult men since 1962. Fred Beeson, the founder of The Ranch, has been involved with Dunklin since 1989 filling the Chairman of the Board for many years before dedicating himself full time to the operation of The Refuge Ranch.
In 2001 Fred began to sense a call from the Lord to open a Christ-centered regeneration program for adult women who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. In 2002 discussions began with the founder of Dunklin and the President of Dunklin as to how this could be accomplished.
In late 2002 God gave Fred a vision of six single family homes near Dunklin that would provide a place for a program for adult women in addiction. In late 2003 God directed Fred and Mickey Evans, the founder of Dunklin, to start the program and as a result Dunklin gave 120 acres of land to a newly formed 501-C3 public charity called The Refuge Ranch, Inc. Zoning on this land would allow six single family homes to be built.
Through God’s provision from many donors, money was raised to prepare the land and build the first three homes. These homes were completed in October of 2006. The program began January of 2007.
Applying a faith-based biblical perspective to recovery treatment and providing a safe environment from which to work the program, women experience personal transformation. Our long-term recovery services includes a Phase 1 Regeneration Program in addition to a Phase 2 Transition Program. Women commit to a one-year regeneration recovery process and are offered the opportunity to remain on-site for an additional year of transition program services.
The Refuge Ranch addresses recovery from a spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental perspective. Women discover the benefits of a relationship with God to strengthen their spiritual awareness and identity, they take advantage of the active lifestyle here at The Ranch to build their physical strength, they work through the traumatic events often associated with their struggle with addiction, and address their addictive thinking and behaviors that continue to influence their continued abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Our commitment to each woman is to support her in reaching her God-given potential, as well as becoming a productive citizen and healthy family member. This support includes housing, nutrition education, employment support, and financial education and budgeting, to equip her for a successful transition. A woman who completes the Regeneration and Transition Program has developed the skills necessary to not only obtain independence, but the ability to maintain that independence for herself and her children. The Refuge Ranch does not discriminate and offers the program to any woman meeting the admission criteria and expressing a sincere desire to change her life.
Women arrive at The Refuge Ranch broken and hopeless. Devastated by the consequences of their addiction, the women are in need of food, clothing, shelter, emotional and physical care, as well as love and empathy. In keeping with the Gospel of Christ, we seek to meet these needs and in doing so partner with each woman in beginning the journey of a new life in Christ.
“…For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. …’truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of theses brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25: 35, 36 and 40)