“Before I came here to the ranch I often found myself angry frustrated and sad with myself. When I was in these moods, I would be making very poor choices that would prevent me from winning and succeeding in life. I have learned so much about myself since I have been here and I am extremely grateful for all of this. I have discovered that I am a loving caring and peaceful person inside. All of my wonderful traits were always there, but I was too scared to let them out. Now that it’s all over, I have found a new love for others and myself. I am extremely confident in myself and can work through any of my problems in life without using drugs or alcohol.“I LOVE MYSELF”
“My Name is Hayk and I am a drug addict. I started using drugs when I was 13 years old, always sad and mean. I was just really unhappy with myself; I thought I was stuck and never get off drugs. My parents must of had been really scared for me because they had two huge guys come and get me and bring me to the ranch. This place helped me get my life straight. I don’t use drugs anymore, I am happy with myself and when I walk down the street I don’t fall in the puddles anymore I stay clean.
“I highly thank all the staff for what they did for me and I thank Sean and Danice for being who they had to be. I thought they were mean to me while I was here I hated these guys, but after awhile I realized they did what they did to help me and it worked! I love you guys truly for what you do and who you are. I am sure the other guys will come to understand what you are giving them and I hope they will take it. God bless this house the kids and all the staff. Always know this program is going to shine up your life.“I am really thanking the staff for their help and I wish it works for everyone like it has me. I am going to say keep coming back and wish you the best with all my power.”
“I am writing this letter to you so you can know how much you guys have helped me. Everything that you have taught me in the past four months has been amazing. I still can’t believe that I have learned so much and have worked on myself, and it’s all thanks to you.“I could have never changed my lifestyle or my old behavior without the tools that you have shown me. These tools are what I use to get me back on the right track of life. I really appreciate you guys for not giving up on me even though for the first 2 months of the program I fought everything. You guys have shown me a new way of life and how to face my problems not bottle them up. I want to also say that even though I slip into old behavior every once in awhile you have taught me to always look for the good. I have learned that my life is going to be in peaks and valleys and right now I am in a low valley and thanks to you I have tools and am dealing with it in a mature way. So Thanks again to the staff for everything. I couldn’t of done it without you.”
Parents“Larry & I were so impressed with the operation of Turning D Ranch. Erik has never looked healthier and happier. It was truly a life changing experience for us to live the Montana life for a few days. We now have a different perspective on what is important to us. We are grateful for all the hard work you and your staff have done for our son. You have enabled him to come a long way from where he began there. Not knowing what to expect when we arrived, we left Thompson Falls with lighter hearts and confident that Erik is in the best place he could be. Your warmth, sincerity and sense of family are exactly what these boys need along with the structure you provide. We are blessed by your efforts and thankful beyond words.”
- Terri & Larry
“Before my son came to the ranch I felt helpless. I knew my son was on the wrong path, finding T.D.R. gave me a place to turn. I will be honest, I did not think Rob would ever let down the wall he had around him. During the time he was at the ranch life went on at home with four other children. We all missed him and often talked about what he would be like on his return. I don’t think we expected as much as got. I mean...He looks great, sounds great and seems so happy. Like a sick mind as like when a person may have a cold his mind got the medicine it needed. We are very proud of him and I am and will be forever grateful for the ranch. We will help him carry on what he has learned and I do hope this is not goodbye.”
“Before my son came to the ranch he was a big follower and had no confidence in himself. Since he has been a part of the ranch he is happier with himself and has started to open up. Back at home our goal is to have him continue to do well and maintain being open so we can work together.”
“When our son went to stay with you, we were terrified for him. We wanted him to grow up as a productive man, (an asset to society). After a childhood of difficulties with learning, and socializing, he was frustrated and didn’t seem to know how to release it except on himself. He would do things to impress everyone else and it seemed he didn’t care or notice that there were consequences for his actions.
“Later he told us that he just figured he would talk his way out of it, like he’d done a million times before with teachers, us, and now the judge. He began to get in trouble. When my husband and I learned of all of the trouble he was in, we looked for an answer and found you. Our son was 16 when he went to stay with you. He learned to rely on himself, to like himself, and to be a productive man.
“Although there have been a few ups and downs since he came back, it is my privilege to notify you that he has just received his Certified Nursing Assistant license, and is going to pursue nursing and then become a doctor. He is absolutely amazing.
“We want to thank you for saving our sons life. If it weren’t for you, he would be in jail or worse. If it weren’t for you he would be living an existence of misery and frustration, hurting himself and those around him. Now he is happy, has friends, and is responsible for his actions. You have helped free him from himself. Thank you again for helping our son be comfortable in his own skin. Thank you for helping him learn to be the good person we knew he could be.“Eternally grateful,”
- Jeff and Virginia Banicki
On no particularly important day
My Mom told to me that we’re going away
I asked her where she said Montana
To see relatives of my grandmas
I refused while she begged and pleaded
Saying this is just what I needed
To sober up for at least 3 days
And spend time in my innocent ways
We went to a ranch and to my surprise
I found my mom full of tears in her eyes
A few minutes later I Soon discovered
That this was my last chance to get recovered
It’s been four months now and I am sober
My mom is too and says drugs are over
I continue to amaze her everyday
By honestly seeing my horrible ways
Now that you have all heard my story
I’d like to say that I am sorry
to all the people that I have hurt
By using them and treating them like dirt
The Individual who wrote this poem last year entered a contest and it was published in a book called “A Celebration for Young Poets”. Prior to coming to the ranch he was involved in unhealthy activities, had poor attendance and was failing school. This year, he is a part of the public school program and continues to be an Honor Roll student and Vice President of his student council.