3701 Palmer Wasilla Street
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Nugen's Ranch is the real thing. A large homey facility, up-dated to modern standards, forms the core living and learning areas. A large garden, animal pens and sheds, and a large greenhouse take up the remaining area of the eight-acre site that fronts the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. The care of pigs, ducks, chickens, and work in the greenhouse provides food for the program and an important sense of self-worth to its clients. Clients may also help run a thrift store and market seedlings and plants to the public, as part of their recovery therapy. An arts and crafts workshop and a workout room is also available to Nugen's clients.
Areas of Expertise
Just sobering up isn't enough for recovery for a long-term abuser. Recovery means a return to physical and mental well-being, as well as sobriety. Clients learn new skills for staying sober, and develop new habits that can support staying clean and sober for the rest of their lives. Nugen's Ranch is a place where clients and staff are involved in the daily life and operation of the community. Our Valley neighbors appreciate and support this participation. Clients have been proud to win ribbons at the Alaska State Fair. Other community activities, like creating parade floats or amateur theater productions, help our clients achieve a feeling of belonging in the community, and a sense of fulfillment important to buiding their self-esteem.