By Gretchen Peralta
Progress Ranch, a therapeutic residential program in Davis for six boys ages 6-12, received a long-awaited new facelift thanks to local service club members and community volunteers. This new facelift was possible upon completion of paperwork allowing the agency’s board of directors to finalize the purchase of its longtime home on Loyola Drive.
Under the supervision of Progress Ranch Board member Clyde Froehlich, a steady stream of local contractors moved through the house in warp speed to complete the removal and installation of new linoleum and carpets. They scraped ceilings, painted the entire interior and installed new windows and doors. This gargantuan effort was spearheaded by the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club with the support of many community volunteers, including UC Davis ROTC cadets and myriad friends of Progress Ranch.
The complete interior remodel required a temporary week’s relocation for all six boys and staff members. During the remodel, Soroptimist International of Davis the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge contributed funds for a three-day trip to Disneyland, which offered many exciting firsts for the boys. This was followed by a stay at a Davis hotel during the last remodeling phase of final touches and reorganization of furniture.
This project, through the efforts of many, sends a positive message of renewal and possibilities as the boys excitedly returned in time to get ready for the school year.
— Gretchen Peralta is a Davis Sunrise Rotary Club member and Progress Ranch Board member.