“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” Psalms 40:2

Our Vision

The mission of On Solid Rock Recovery is to provide, at no financial cost to the participants, drug and alcohol recovery and rehabilitation services to those that have no or little other options available to them. We desire to implement, in the San Jacinto mountains of California, an environment that is Christ-centered and scripture based that also draws on the established and efficacious 12 step recovery program as laid out by Alcoholics Anonymous. In achieving this we wish to foster an atmosphere of healing for spirit, mind, and body while giving our guests the skills and habits that will assist them in transitioning into a meaningful place in both God’s kingdom and society while showing them the benefits and blessings of a transformed life. This will be an around-the-clock residential facility with no time frame on the guest's departure. They will be required to work toward their continuing sobriety as well as for the operation of the community itself and will work closely with staff in determining their readiness to enter society as one equipped with the full armor of God.

Why Is This Important?

Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange counties have one of the largest per capita concentrations of recovery and treatment centers in the world. Hundreds of people from all walks of life and economic backgrounds come to receive treatment in our area (Southern California) every day of the year. While these facilities have in place proven and effective treatment options, almost all of them are cost prohibitive for the average person seeking treatment. Those that do attend these programs do so under their own medical insurance and in very rare cases, cash from their own pocket. The unfortunate truth of our society is that insurance and cash can and do run out. When this happens, those who need the most help are left with few options available to them. Often they are forced into either returning home to situations they are not prepared to deal with, finding sober living houses with no real ability to pay for them, or simply being left on the street to fend for themselves. We feel that all of these situations are unnecessary and damaging to what started as a very hopeful process. All of us in the recovery community hear of these stories on a constant basis. There are those too that complete these programs and still feel unequipped to enter into their former lives with confidence and meaning. We believe that there is a much better solution for people facing these difficult choices. While our idea is anything but new and unique to the recovery community, we are confident that the area we serve desperately needs a safe harbor for those who have nowhere else to go, and in serving, we can provide a place for God to heal spirits and to nourish the mind and bodies of his children. Please join us in this journey to be of service for His kingdom.

How It Will Work

GardensSpirit - As a foundation to our program and community, we seek to provide a multitude of varying tasks and assignments for our guests as they go about their day to keep the recovery process fresh and alive. Our desire and focus is primarily to the healing and mending of the spirit. As such, each day will start with a chapel service and the study of God’s word. As instructed by scripture, we will teach word by word, verse by verse, and book by book the whole word of God. This will be bolstered throughout the day by traditional 12 step meetings and discussions, with ample opportunity for those in the recovery community to come and speak as they desire. While we will provide God’s word undiluted and with integrity, we do not desire to do so in a heavy handed manner. We wish to follow the wisdom of those in AA whom went before us and introduce God’s love and plan of deliverance and salvation with tact and shrewdness (Matthew 10:16). Many in recovery have had a very poor, unfortunate experience with religion and spiritual principles in their journey toward wholeness and we must meet these people where they are. We need to show God’s love in our actions backed with the uncompromising Word of truth and the power of our personal testimonies. This has proven to be effective time and time again for we who are in addiction and we do not wish to alter this course of action for the sake of being different or for the appearance of our own holiness. We certainly do not wish to limit our services to only those whom profess Christianity before intake, this would be wholly ineffective.

Art StudioMind - Secondly we want to engage the minds and curiosity of our guests. Addiction takes a heavy toll on the mental and bodily capacity of those that it afflicts, something that a great number of treatment facilities overlook entirely in the course of their programs. We acknowledge the damage done by years and often decades of abuse people inflict on their bodies and will provide for them libraries and books, computers, workshops, vocational training, and gardens for use in prayer and meditation. This is by no means a substitute or replacement for dealing with the root of our problem, which is a spiritual bankruptcy due to our rebellion against God, but merely another arrow in our quiver to help bring the entire person into God’s will for His kingdom.

Body - Lastly we look to the rehabilitation of the body. As anyone in the field knows, a well rounded and solid diet and regular exercise are the only long term solutions for the sound state of our earthly vessels. In working toward this, we will source our food as much as possible from our own fruit and vegetable gardens, eggs, milk and cheese from our livestock, and all other sources of nutrition from a healthy meal plan as laid out by our board of directors. Exercise will be encouraged daily and we will provide for our guests hiking trails and weight rooms as well as daily guided group walks by the staff. While this activity will not be labeled mandatory, we would like staff and volunteers to be gracious and excellent examples for showing the guests what balance in our lives should truly look like.

Proposed Facilities

CabinsCabins - Our initial feelings on intake capacity are somewhere between 50 to 100 guests. This number would be split between male and female populations. We believe in serving both men and women, but want to discourage the distraction and temptation of having them closely integrated. To begin we would like either six or eight cabins in each area with a capacity per cabin of 4 tenants. This would encourage fellowship and increase accountability that is so crucial in the early stages of sobriety. Each cabin would be equipped with guest bunks, an area for study, and a small deck for solitude or fellowship. Individual bathrooms will not be in each cabin for ease of construction and water and power logistics, but each group of six to eight cabins will have a community shower and toiletry area within feet of each cabin (as covered in the following sections.) The cabins will be equipped with south facing sloped rooves on which solar panels will generate supplemental power for their individual consumption.

Staff Lodge - After the initial assessment of current and future staff needs, a facility will be planned for all those wanting to serve. We wish to see a diverse group come to minister with us, and need to take into consideration male and female singles, as well as married couples and families, senior staff, and visiting counselors and speakers. As we are still in the first steps of planning, this facility will be fleshed out as the project progresses.

"Dining Hall and ChapelDining Hall - As the community continues to grow we would like to have certain of our buildings be modular in nature. The first of these would be the dining hall. As technology in architecture and building design advances this becomes more and more feasible to do without a crushing financial consequence. We can happily design a dining facility to accommodate the initial 50 to 100 residents and when capacity is met, put on the next module. The design pictured is by no means the only solution to this, merely a great visualization of what is currently possible.

Chapel - This would ideally be a modular design as well. Being the heart of the community, we would like to build something inspiring yet simple, with the elegance of design saying so much more about it than the expense it took to build it. This will be a house of prayer and instruction, of worship and deliverance. It will be a house where we all can meet and learn more about the character of our creator.

Bathhouses - As stated earlier, these will be placed central to cabin “pods” of roughly six to eight a piece and serve twenty four to thirty two people each. The final number will be determined as we reach the final design stage. Each pod will be terraced into the mountain side so as to keep organically as much of the natural mountain state as we can. These will be designed with expansion in mind and as the demand grows we will have space marked and leveled for future pods to be implemented with as little difficulty as possible. This also means that the logistics for digging and laying pipe from the well will be a much easier process and future expansion can be planned before the first shovel of dirt is lifted.

Goats and chickensFarming Animals - One of the goals we have in mind is to be as self-sufficient as possible once the main construction is complete. In order to achieve that goal, this and the next three items will have the dual purpose of serving the recovery of guests and providing healthy food and activity as well as mental stimulation for all of us who make our home there, and also to fund the ongoing cost of operation that the community will require. Goats and chickens are a good combination of resource and a great and manageable place to start out in raising livestock.

Terraced Gardens - These will be an invaluable source of food and healthy, healing activity for our guests. With the land we are considering, we have ample room to grow food not only for ourselves, but also as charity for our local community and a surplus to sell for the benefit of OSRR. These will provide a wonderful teaching experience for everyone involved and skills that will be useful for a lifetime.

Walipini - These are underground winter greenhouses capable of growing vegetables year round, even in the mountains. They are very easy, practical, and inexpensive to make and will provide nutrition and income to OSRR even through the winter months.

WalipiniArts Studio - The executive director of OSRR has been a professional artist for most of his adult life and is well versed in the healing and regenerative power of art in recovery through his own journey and experience. There is a great sense of accomplishment and joy in creating things with your own hands no matter what skill level you start from and we wish to foster a creative environment for all those who join us. We would like to have a space for painting, crafts, metal working, ceramics, and potentially glass working. This would give us opportunity not only to encourage growth in these areas for our guests, but to teach life skills that will benefit them well passed the time when they are ready to start a new life apart from us. Skills such as welding, firing clay in a kiln, framing, pottery, and managing a working shop will translate into many desirable skills for future employers, and we could also have auctions and sales from the exceptional pieces we produce.

Proposed Land

Mountain CenterThe land we have found in an initial survey holds much promise, but also has much work to be done before it is ready for the first tenant to take up residence there. It is 44.85 acres in the heart of Mountain Center, CA (MLS #: 2004279). It’s roughly two hours from Los Angeles and Orange County and an hour from the Coachella Valley, a very central location to those who we will be serving. The land has power running through it from both Southern California Edison and the Anza City Power District, though do to zoning, Edison is most likely the only company we will be able to negotiate a contract with. It has beautiful rolling hills, a spectacular panorama from the central ridge, and is covered with pine, black oak, cedar, and native flora and massive natural rock formations that are sculptures in their own right. The land also has established horse trails that lead into U.S. Forest for incredible flexibility and privacy when it comes to planning our future facilities.

What We Need

As you can imagine, not much of what we’re attempting is going to be free, though we will reuse, recycle, and reclaim as many resources as we can in the process of construction. The initial phase of funding the project will be substantial, but not unmanageable. If we break down the starting costs of building, it will become clearer that accomplishing this task is doable with your assistance.

Land Asking Price $495,000
Land Down-Payment $30,000
Well Survey and Drilling $31,000
Main Road Construction $25,000
Initial Housing For Crew $20,000
Electric Contract $15,000
Architectural Consultation $5,000
State and County Permits $30,000
Fundraising $10,000
Total $166,000

At this time many of these figures are estimates and we will have more concrete numbers for our donors and supporters as the process moves ahead. But this gives you a good idea of what is needed to secure the property and begin construction. Our goal is to get $1000 dollar pledges from at least 200 churches to start. We will be pursuing state and federal grants as well as private grants to cover the remaining costs of the land purchase if possible. We fully believe that if this endeavor is from God, nothing will be able to stop it. We trust that your prayers are with us, even if a donation is not possible at this time.

What We Have

Our passion for this undertaking is immense. Our Executive Director has spent many hours in prayer and years thinking over the work it will take to see this to fruition. He believes that God gave him this vision early in his sobriety to not only help his fellow addicts and alcoholics in need, but to lead as many of the lost to Christ as possible while there is still time. This project will not be easy, none of us has any delusion that the enemy will just sit idly by as we attempt to make a full scale attack on his kingdom, because he won’t. But we serve One greater than he, and all the plans he can ever perceive will not prevail while the hand of the Almighty God is with us. God is our strength, our song, our joy, our peace, our hope, and our eternal salvation. We hope that you can join us on this journey that God is taking us on, it will be amazing.

Financial Goals (Coming Soon)

These lists will begin to be populated when the initial architectural consultation is completed. When we have an estimate of the cost for a housing pod, chapel, dining hall, intake office, staff lodge, and other necessary facilities, we'll have a better understanding of where we'd like to be in a year and beyond.

  • One Year Financial Goals
  • Two Year Financial Goals
  • Five Year Financial Goals
  • Ten Year Financial Goals
  • Twenty Year Financial Goals
  • Into The Future

Board Of Directors


Adam Lusso

Adam Lusso - Executive Director

Adam is a recovering alcoholic with three years of sobriety. He began his true walk and discipleship with Christ when he took his last drink on February 15, 2014 and has since counseled and sponsored many men on their own path to recovery. He is a prolific artist, author, and illustrator and has published a children’s picture book with two more on the way and works as an art instructor in Rancho Mirage, CA.

adamlusso@yahoo.com

Monte Wright - Chairman of the Board

Monte is director and founder of New Creation in Christ (NCIC II), a residential program that provides men who have experienced various life crisis' the opportunity to begin the restoration process by establishing and strengthening their relationship and confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ while walking in sobriety.

hiswillingvessel22@gmail.com

Arthur Futterman - Board Secretary

Arthur has been a born again Christian since 1981. He earned his BS Bib. Ed. Degree at Multnomah University in 1988. He has owned and operated two computer related businesses, has extensive experience in sales, and was Principal of Grace Academy Christian School in 2004-05. Now semi-retired, he and his wife Gale grow dates on their small 4 acre farm and sell them at farmers markets.

softmentor@aol.com

Dan Ruzicka - Board Treasurer

Dan has lived in the Coachella Valley since 1984 and has been a active member of five non-profit and Elder Boards. With His wife of 34 years and two daughters, he has been leading and serving in the local body with joy. With a BS in business management from the University of La Verne. Dan has owned and directed a number of Businesses. Areas of expertise are Marketing, Management, Fiscal Management, Compliance and Ethics.

danruzicka@msn.com

What We Believe

We believe in the in-errancy of Scripture, that the Bible, Old and New Testaments, in the original autographs, is the inspired, infallible Word of God, a complete and final written revelation of God.

We believe in one personal, transcendent, and holy God, the creator of all, Who is eternal, and Who manifests Himself in three separate persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ, though fully God, became a man for the suffering of death, that He is the promised Messiah, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His vicarious death on the Cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us.

After Jesus ascended to Heaven, He poured out His Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.

We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God.

We believe in the person and work of the Holy Spirit who indwells, seals, and empowers every believer, baptizing them into the Body of Christ. We further believe that the Holy Spirit will come upon any believer who asks in faith, enabling him/her to preach the Gospel in power. We also believe all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures are valid for today if they are exercised within the scriptural guidelines. We believe that love is more important than all the gifts, and without this love all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.

We believe Jesus Christ is the head of the Body, His church, and that church government should be simplistic rather than a complex bureaucracy. We desire to be led by the Holy Spirit in all the functions and directions of the ministry and of the community.

We believe that the Second Coming of Christ with His saints to rule on the earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship, and participation in baptism by immersion and in Holy Communion.

We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to an individual’s life, leading that person to greater maturity in Christ.

We reject doctrinal viewpoints or spiritual phenomena, which are based solely on experience. We look to the Word of God for the basis of all our faith and practice.

We believe in a personal devil called Satan who, along with all his evil angels, called demons, is destined to spend eternity in hell, and who now seeks to deceive the believers and defeat the work of God, but who can be resisted by believers who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, protected by God, and interceded for by Jesus our Lord.

We believe that the nation of Israel has a special place in God’s plan and that all the promises of God of Israel will be fulfilled.

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Christian Vision AllianceWe are proudly sponsored by Christian Vision Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. To make a tax deductible donation by check please make your check payable to CHRISTIAN VISION ALLIANCE and identify On Solid Rock Recovery in the memo line of your check. Mail your contribution to CHRISTIAN VISION ALLIANCE , 5235 Mission Oaks Blvd. #213, Camarillo, CA 93012.

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