About Us

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The Refuge Ranch, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, opened in January 2007 to offer women a safe residential environment to address drug and alcohol addiction from a Christ-centered perspective.

The founders, Fred and Melanie Beeson, established The Refuge Ranch on a 120-acre property in rural Martin County with a commitment to support women in their recovery journey. While applying a faith-based perspective to the recovery process, women experience personal transformation and gain the tools necessary to support long-term recovery. As part of The Refuge Ranch mission, women are not denied admission if they are unable to pay the program expense.

Women arrive at The Refuge Ranch broken, hopeless, and devastated by the negative impact of their addiction. These women need 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 partner with each woman in the beginning of her journey of recovery and new life in Christ.

The Refuge Ranch commitment is to support each woman 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, as well as financial education and budgeting to better equip her for a successful transition.

A woman who completes the Regeneration and Transition Program has developed the skills necessary to not only attain independence but also to maintain self-sufficiency for herself and her children. The Refuge Ranch offers the program to any woman meeting the admission criteria and expressing a sincere desire to change her life.

…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 these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

- Matthew 25: 35, 36 and 40