SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - Men from Recovery Ranch in Santa Ynez are packing up and heading to Texas to provide relief for residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The men know too well what it's like to recover from a tough time.
“Five years ago, I was a homeless drug addict and now I get to be a part of organizing and creating a trip to go help survivors a hurricane all across the country," said Jared Erb, Recovery Ranch director.
Last year, 32 men from the program volunteered their time in North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew.
"We didn’t know where we were going to go and didn’t know who needed help. We teamed up with a church and go out to neighborhoods and really help people who lost everything," said Daniel Ross, Recovery Ranch owner and co-founder.
For the last few days, the men have been planning their 8 day trip to assist residents in Texas.
“We want to do whatever we can do to help. We’re grateful for what we have in our lives today and we know that those people are going through so much," said Ross.
The men funded their trips by raising money. They also received generous donations from the community.
“Instead of giving my clothes to a different agency, I’m bringing it to them because they’re also taking people to do work there and I think it’s lovely and I’m proud of them," said Susie Margolis-Pierson, Solvang resident.
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