Preparations are being made for the opening of a private, nonprofit, faith-based addiction recovery center in Pawhuska. The center, called the Harvest Recovery Ranch, is to be located in a former nursing home complex on South Pecan Avenue, slightly southwest of the Subway sandwich shop.


John Chinn, originally from the Bowring area, and his wife, Patsy, are leading the effort to establish the residential center for men. The Chinns explained their new center has received an official nonprofit designation from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and they have carefully planned what will be needed financially for the center’s operations during its initial three years. Harvest Recovery Ranch has a governing board and corporate officers, John Chinn said. He added that plans had been made to try to open Harvest Recovery Ranch in mid-March, but the effort was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I’ve actually been turning people away,” John Chinn said in an interview last week. He said that the process of raising financial support for the initial six months of operations is also ongoing. Perhaps as much as $120,000 of additional support will be needed, he said. Harvest Recovery Ranch will have more than 20,000 square feet for some 35-40 clients, as well as for counseling and administrative offices, a kitchen, dining areas and more.


Residents at Harvest Recovery Ranch will initially be involved in attempts to address their clinical, addiction issues, but they will be expected to eventually find jobs and pay their own expenses at the facility.


John Chinn has a background as an opioid-awareness educator and has had personal experience with alcohol addiction — something that he explains he needed divine help to conquer. Patsy Chinn has about three decades of experience as an advocate for veterans, and her three sons are veterans.


The Chinns explained that they have been doing for several years now, on their own and without a residential facility, the sort of addiction recovery work that will be the mission of the Harvest Recovery Ranch. The not-for-profit organization that is the basis for the ranch was formed about three years ago, and a search began for a suitable facility.


John Chinn commented that he and Patsy have been developing relationships with community sentencing officers, probation and parole officers, prosecutors, judges and law enforcement officers in the region, preparatory to opening Harvest Recovery Ranch.


“They are all 100 percent behind what we’re doing, and glad we’ll have a facility close versus sending people across the state,” John Chinn said.


Patsy Chinn said an important thing for potential residents of Harvest Ranch is to be ready to change their behavior.


“They have to change the way they think and change the way they make life choices,” she said. “They have to be ready and willing to change their behavior.”


For more information about Harvest Recovery Ranch, call 918-397-5483, or send email to john@harvestrecoveryok.com, or visit the ranch’s website.