Renewal Ranch receives $2.1 million grant

Renewal Ranch, a faith-based residential addiction recovery program for men ages 21 and older located near Conway (Faulkner County), has received its largest funding amount in the organization’s history: $2.1 million opioid settlement dollars distributed by the Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership (ARORP), which will go toward the Ranch’s newest building endeavor and ministry services.

David House, Renewal Ranch Board Chair; Bill Clements, Board Secretary; and Jack Engelkes, Board Treasurer. Front Row: Kirk Lane, ARORP Executive Director; James A. Loy, Renewal Ranch Executive Director; Tenesha Barnes, ARORP Deputy Director; and, Chase Moser, Renewal Ranch Program Director.

The “Restoring Lives Phase 1 Housing Construction Project” will provide life-changing opportunities for men in recovery from Opioid Use Disorder and Substance Abuse

Disorder. The proposed building is 6,769 square feet and includes a sitting area, kitchen, dining area, and two community baths and laundry rooms. Most importantly, it provides bedrooms for an additional 40 Phase 1 residents.

The award also covers the salary for two Campus Supervisors, or Peer Support Specialists, for a year and a subscription to Apricot case management software. “We are humbled and grateful to the ARORP Team of Kirk Lane, Tenesha Barnes, Joy Spence and the ARORP Advisory Board for this opportunity as Renewal Ranch continues the front line battle against the opioid addiction in Arkansas,” said Renewal Ranch Executive Director, James A. Loy. “This is a historic benchmark in our history.”

This additional capacity and enhanced services will allow Renewal Ranch to significantly increase their impact on local communities and the lives of those trapped by addiction. With the support of ARORP, Renewal Ranch estimates that they will be able to provide services to over 225 men and 750 family members annually.

“The Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership recognizes the urgency of the need to abate the opioid issues in our cities and counties,” said Kirk Lane, Executive Director of ARORP. “Only together will we beat this monster that preys upon our faith and our families. Having Renewal Ranch as a partner is a full step forward in a positive resolve.”

Renewal Ranch would like to extend its gratitude to ARORP; The ARORP Advisory Board; The Arkansas Municipal League; The Association of Arkansas Counties; Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson; Perryville Mayor John Roland; and Perry County Judge Larry Blackmon. 

Construction of the Phase 1 Housing Project is set to begin in January of 2024. To learn more visit