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SOAR (Southern Oklahoma Addiction Recovery) is hosting its first annual reunion and appreciation event on Saturday, June 6. The SOAR event will include a reunion of SOAR graduates of the six- to 12-month program which was established in 2008.Shown here following an April 2 SOAR graduation ceremony is SOAR graduate Steven Murray (holding his graduation certificate), surrounded by current SOAR residents and SOAR administrative staff, including Executive Director Doug Davis (third from the left).SOAR is an Ada-based non-profit (501c3) residential/jobs program that offers specialized and effective recovery for non-violent criminal offenders with substance abuse and addiction problems. SOAR serves nine counties in southeast Oklahoma.

ADA — SOAR (Southern Oklahoma Addiction Recovery), an Ada-based independent, residential work program for non-violent criminal offenders with substance abuse problems, will host its first annual client reunion and appreciation event at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Pruitt Center for Recovery building, 115 N. Oak Ave.

The invitational event will include graduates of the SOAR program (from nine counties served by SOAR in southeast Oklahoma), representatives from companies that have work contracts with SOAR, court officials, counselors, SOAR board of directors and other special guests.

Based on its organizational theme — Support SOAR, It Works — the event will emphasize this “work and recovery” message.  SOAR graduates are being invited to the event to share their experience with current clients on how SOAR has worked for them.  Businesses that employ SOAR clients will be recognized for their role supporting the work of SOAR and special guests will have an opportunity to hear stories about recovery through work, dedication and fellowship.  SOAR board President Duane Murray will make a presentation on SOAR activities over the past year and new initiatives for the coming year.

 “This is our opportunity to shine a light on work that has been done to make this program a success and to celebrate the achievement of the men who come to SOAR seeking a better life for themselves and their families,” Murray said.

“As a 501c-3 non-profit organization, SOAR receives no state or federal funding and being self-reliant. we currently depend on the client earnings and volunteer contributions,” he said.   

Since SOAR was founded in 2008, approximately 120 men have graduated from the six- to 12-month program and 25 men have graduated since SOAR moved into the new 10,000-square-foot facility, according to SOAR Executive Director Doug Davis.

“SOAR was established to offer an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders, mainly substance abusers,” Davis said.  “While SOAR has been successful from its beginning, with the move into the new facility, even more court and community organizations are contacting us place individuals in our program,” he said.

The SOAR Difference

Unlike some private recovery centers where individuals pay for their treatment, SOAR fills a void within the recovery system that has been sorely lacking in this region of the state.  SOAR offers a safe, regulated environment for court-ordered alcohol and drug offenders.

From the time clients enter SOAR, they begin a regimen that includes daily work for the employers who have established work contracts with SOAR.

This approach and process pays dividends for all concerned.  First and foremost, the clients are integrated back into the workforce, and by earning their way, they also earn self-respect and self-reliance.  The SOAR organization (and future clients) benefit as the work of existing clients helps maintain the viability and success of the program.  In that sense, SOAR clients provide a “pay-it-forward” service to the organization.  And finally, the employers who provide work opportunities for SOAR gain reliable workers with a strong work ethic.

Some of the companies who provide ongoing work contacts with SOAR include Ram Jack, Ada Coca-Cola Bottling Company, PEC (Peoples Electric Cooperative) and Leachco.

On weekends SOAR provides regular community service work that includes designated community volunteer projects.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

SOAR is a recovery program whose specific purpose is to help clients reintegrate into their community as sober, productive citizens.  SOAR focuses on the development of healthy relationships and the opportunity for spiritual growth.

Following the 12-step model established by AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), SOAR requires client participation at a designated number of internal and external 12-step meetings each week.  SOAR clients also participate in a variety of spiritual programs and services offered by area churches, including: Asbury United Methodist Church, Ada First Assembly of God and H2OChurch.cc.

The SOAR board of directors includes: Duane Murray, president; Julia Luke, vice president; Elaine Rhynes, secretary; Tom Landrith; Shirley Pogue; Dexter Pruitt; Jim Hamby; Pat Manda; and Calvin Prince.

SOAR administrative staff includes Doug Davis, executive director; Jerry Buckner, assistant director; Robyn Buckner, office manager; and Donnie Bailey, night staff.

SOAR is located at 115 N. Oak St. in Ada.  

For more information, visit the SOAR website: www.soarrehab.org or on facebook: www.facebook.com/soarrehab.  

To reach Doug Davis by phone, call (580) 310-9822 or contact him via email at davis@soarrehab.com.