Finishing the Race: The Spartan Race & Double R Ranch

A few weeks ago, 14 men from our Double R Ranch campus in Warner Springs participated in the Spartan Race, an intense obstacle course race about 10 miles in length, with 24-29 obstacles along the way. What once started as a creative way to stay in shape and have some fun has now evolved into […]

Share The Joy of Our 2016 Summer Graduates

One of my favorite events throughout the year is Orange County Rescue Mission’s graduation ceremonies. There is nothing more exciting than seeing an individual or a family that was once all too familiar with poverty, homelessness, hardship, and sorrow now cross the stage to receive a diploma that signifies much more than simply completing a […]

How to stay clean

Ten years ago, Joe checked himself into the downtown Santa Ana Orange County Rescue Mission, when it was just a men’s shelter. But his story doesn’t begin there.  The youngest of four kids, Joe grew up in La Puente, California. Maintaining a close relationship with his mother as the baby of the family, drew him […]

Family Camp at the Ranch

Naturally, when we want to help someone, we want to give them things. It’s the most convenient way to show that you care. But there is an entirely other side to helping someone when you care by giving them moments. This is a deeper level of generosity, because it requires time, which precious to us all. […]

Formally Homeless Boys Camp at the Ranch

Yet another unforgettable weekend at the Double R Ranch, thank you to our generous funders and the blessing of a space located in the middle of God’s great-outdoors. As we continue to use our Ranch as a retreat space for our families from the Rescue Mission, this time, boys from the Village of Hope were granted […]

Family Firsts

The Rescue Mission’s program at the Double R Ranch is an incredible opportunity for men to retreat to a more secluded place and experience the peaceful rehabilitation of equine therapy while living in community with others seeking faith and the Christian walk. The Ranch is also an exceptional aspect of the Rescue Mission’s services in […]

A Second Chance

Today I want to celebrate the second chance of four men. The Double R Ranch has been and continues to be a refuge for men with broken spirits to rest and regroup while participating with creation to rediscover the purpose and honor of being a man of God. Under the leadership and guidance of DRR […]

Birth Announcement

“Houston” as we are calling him after our renowned former Double R Ranch director Houston Ray Johnson was born on February 23, 2014.  This colt is out of our best mare GBR KHANDANCE, who is sired by Khadraj NA, one of the most famous western pleasure Arabian stallions and a 2008 National Champion.  Khadraj NA […]

A Country Christmas

Buried in the foothills of Warner Springs, nestled amongst horses, goats and chickens are a grizzly band of brothers. Where they appear to be rough around the edges, there is actually a surprising tenderness at this Ranch, especially at the celebration of the birth of a little baby boy; Jesus. Much like the shepherds that […]

Double R Ranch Update

Friends, I am excited to introduce you to the new directors of the Double R Ranch. Robby and Julie Ballmeyer have journeyed far to answer God’s call of duty. Working with a thriving ministry in Sardinia, Ohio, Robby felt God tug on his heart while on a missions trip to California years ago. Through a […]


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