The Auen Foun­da­tion has award­ed The Ranch Recov­ery Cen­ters, Inc. a $20,000 grant to treat women over the age of 55 strug­gling with alco­hol and drug addic­tion. Hacien­da Valdez, the treat­ment facil­i­ty run by “The Ranch,” is locat­ed in Desert Hot Springs. This pri­ma­ry treat­ment facil­i­ty is equipped to house 35 women dur­ing drug and alco­hol detox­i­fi­ca­tion and pri­ma­ry treat­ment. Two addi­tion­al sober-liv­ing homes have 12 beds for women dur­ing a tran­si­tion­al period.

Most women who seek addic­tion treat­ment ser­vices at The Ranch have lit­tle to no income. With the help from char­i­ta­ble dona­tions, The Ranch aims to spon­sor as many women seek­ing treat­ment as possible.

When senior women come to The Ranch to begin their recov­ery from alco­hol depen­den­cy and are unable to pay for ser­vices, we hate to turn them away. If we do not have the funds or beds avail­able to treat these women in need of sup­port, they are unfor­tu­nate­ly placed on a long coun­ty-fund­ed wait­ing list,” said Rick Mesa, Pres­i­dent and CEO of The Ranch Recov­ery Cen­ters, Inc.  “This gen­er­ous sup­port from the Auen Foun­da­tion will allow us to help senior women who might oth­er­wise con­tin­ue in the grip of their par­tic­u­lar addic­tion. If we can’t admit them imme­di­ate­ly, we may lose touch with them. Often women in these sit­u­a­tions find them­selves turn­ing to unde­sir­able ways of sup­port­ing them­selves and even becom­ing vic­tims of abuse. Sup­port from the Auen Foun­da­tion will improve the lives of many senior women in our community.”

The Ranch Recov­ery Cen­ters, Inc. is ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing peo­ple and their fam­i­lies begin their recov­ery from the dev­as­tat­ing and far-reach­ing effects of alco­holism and drug depen­den­cy. The Ranch also offers res­i­den­tial pro­grams for men in two loca­tions serv­ing up to 58. The Ranch typ­i­cal­ly treats about 450–500 men and women each year and pro­vides fam­i­ly ser­vices pro­grams to 90–100 sig­nif­i­cant others.

For years, we have seen the good work The Ranch is qui­et­ly doing in our area, and we com­mend Rick Mesa and his staff’s efforts,” said Catharine Reed, Pro­gram Direc­tor for the Auen Foun­da­tion. “We believe sup­port­ing treat­ment pro­grams like this ben­e­fit the entire com­mu­ni­ty.” Women’s treat­ment ser­vices with The Ranch can be con­tact­ed by call­ing (760) 329‑2959. To learn more about The Ranch Recov­er Cen­ters, call (760) 329‑2924 or vis­it
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