Renewal Ranch is throwing a fish fry, but not just for the sake of a good meal.
The faith-based drug- and alcohol-addiction recovery program is hosting Renewal Ranch Rally for Recovery at 6 p.m. May 22 at the Conway Expo Center. Renewal Ranch will host several other nonprofit agencies that also work with people struggling with addiction. Graduates of the addiction recovery program will be recognized, and current residents will share their stories.
Dr. Larry Pillow, a member of the board of directors of Renewal Ranch, said, "This is an attempt on our part to mobilize people who know and love someone struggling with addiction to take a stand and unite together to help us fight and win the battle against drug and alcohol abuse."
Other nonprofits attending the rally will be Deliver Hope, The Harbor, STAND, Last Chance Ministries, Counseling Associates, Butterfly Ranch, Hope & Compassion, Conway Celebrate Recovery and Breaking Chains.
"Primarily this is an attempt to make people more aware of the problem of drug and alcohol addiction and the solution that is being offered through faith-based programs," Pillow said. "Secondarily, we do hope to raise money for faith-based ministry."
Two major goals of Renewal Ranch this year involve expanding the project, he said. The board hopes to create a process for establishing similar residential programs in other areas.
"Our vision is to have these all across the state," he said.
Also, the program hopes to reach out to women by either starting a ministry or partnering with an existing faith-based residential recovery ministry for women struggling with addiction.
Renewal Ranch started in 2011 with eight men and now has 66 male residents.
It has a success rate of about 70 percent, with more than 100 graduates from the six-month residential program, Pillow said.
A third goal is to construct a multipurpose building on the Renewal Ranch campus to enable the facility to accommodate more residents and to provide adequate class space, he added.
"Our ultimate goal is that every parent would have a sober child, and every child would have a sober parent," Pillow said.
Former morning show personality Matt Mosler will emcee the event. Tickets are $20 per person or $250 for a table of six. To purchase tickets, go to therenewalranch.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the event, at Central Baptist Church or First Security Bank in Conway.
Pillow said, "I can’t adequately express the enthusiasm we have for what we’re trying to do. We think it will be a catalyst event."
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