Green Oak Ranch joined Live Well San Diego as a recognized partner on June 20, 2015 during a festive celebration at the North County Family Picnic for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families. In addition to hosting the Picnic, Green Oak Ranch has been a longtime supporter of the County’s foster family community by supporting the Foster Family Support Dinner twice a month and hosting the North County Foster Parent Association Holiday Party annually.
Green Oak Ranch has a rich history in the North County area. Once home to the Kumeyaay and Luiseno Indian tribes, Green Oak Ranch (formerly Camp Vista) became part of the nationwide recovery effort following the Great Depression of the 1930’s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established “Camp Vista” as a work program for unemployed young men. Later, Camp Vista played a role in the military defense effort of World War II. In 1950, the Union Rescue Mission, a large Los Angeles skid row ministry, purchased the site and established “Green Oak Ranch” as a Christian youth camp for inner-city boys from skid row life. In 1951, the Mission began recruiting skid row men as ranch hands. The Ranch’s rural setting proved highly effective in helping inner-city men break persistent alcohol addiction. In 1998, local businessman Arie de Jong purchased Green Oak Ranch and established a separate corporate identity (Green Oak Ranch Ministries, Inc.).
Today, Green Oak Ranch is a one-of-a-kind community of the Christian faith. The Ranch effectively incorporates social model recovery/restoration services for more than 80 men and women; hosts thousands of adults and youth camp and retreat guests (including hundreds of foster children); and in cooperation with New Alternatives, Inc. provides services to help with hundreds of dependent children in North County San Diego.