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CARSPA (Clarke Area Retired School Personnel Association) met for their regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at the Osceola Senior Center following social time at 9 a.m. Hostess Sharon Cameron brought colorful table decorations and provided pumpkin bars, coffee and water. There were nine members present and two guests, plus presenter, Michelle Davis. Linda Foland presided.

Davis from Restoration Ranch was the guest presenter. The Restoration Ranch provides support, guidance, opportunity and faith to help those in need to get a fresh start. They help people in transition needing drug rehab, veterans needing assistance and others. There is an interview process to be accepted into their program. Davis and her husband, Brad, started this service in their home. They were able to accept the hospital’s former annex building, which now provides four bedrooms, with one room having two beds in the 1855 square-foot facility. It also has two restrooms and some office space. 

Since 2014, they have helped 30 people. Two were helped to earn high school diplomas. The facility is now full with men ranging in age from 19 to 57 years old. They have an 80 percent success rate of men not going back to drugs. Residents are 70 percent from Clarke County. Currently, one resident is from Texas. This is not a homeless shelter and no transits are served there. Future plans include transitioning to helping women.  

They try to help residents return to relationships with their families. They have worked with “Team Restoration” by Joel Fry, LifePoint Church, Christs Way Church and others. Residents are typically there for 3 to 6 months. Another transition location is the House on Vail, earlier known as Beacon of Light. Those residents must have a job. 

Foland opened the meeting with the members reciting the pledge and singing “Grace.” Foland read an article entitled, “Thanksgiving Time.”

Minutes from Oct. 9 were read by Venita Escher. The minutes were approved. The treasurer’s report was given by Sharon Cameron. The expenditures and ending balance were approved.  

Updates on some member’s health issues and surgeries were shared. Ideas were still needed for a memorial book to honor a deceased member. An article on pumpkins and the fall season was shared by Foland.

The meeting adjourned at 10:50 a.m. with a reminder the next meeting will be held in March 2018.

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