So what is the name Rogue Retreat all about? How did it start?
In 1998 a small group of people met to discuss how to start a new organization which could help people overcome the addiction, abuse and dysfunction of life. The original thought was to have a live-in recovery center to address all the additive life styles and lead people to a new found freedom.
What to name this new organization?
All agreed the name had to describe where the organization was and what it did.
Rogue = this new organization was located in the Rogue Valley. People could know where it was.
Rogue = a second meaning of the word Rogue suggests the population the organization serves. Rogue people are according to the dictionary: “a dishonest or unprincipled man; a person whose behavior one disapproves of but who is nonetheless likable or attractive.” We often think of the Rogue River being a wild, untamable river. Rogue Retreat serves people who are likable, but their behavior while caught up in an addiction or dysfunction was pretty.
Retreat = we all think of a five-star retreat. It is, according to the dictionary: “a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax.” But the dictionary also suggests (as a verb) retreat is to “move back or withdraw and/or to change one’s decisions, plans, or attitude.”
Rogue Retreat is a place for people in the Rogue Valley who have been caught up in destructive ways of life to retreat, rest and begin to rebuild their lives.
Often people will confuse our organization with a five-star resort. In many ways we are a special place of rest where “star” people can shine brighter and brighter as they get the case management support and encouragement to take the risks to change their lives