Ocklawaha, Florida Size: 18,700 SF Construction Cost: $5.5MCompleted: Sept. 2018
One of only a few residential rehab centers specializing in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, The Refuge is truly, as their tagline says, a healing place. Focused on treating the patient and not a group of symptoms, this facility seeks to heal not just body and mind, but to restore the spirit as well.
A unique healing plan requires a unique healing environment. That's the goal of four new cabins, completed in 2017, located on the scenic campus bordering the Ocala National Forest. Nestled among the beautiful live oak trees, each cabin is divided into two living areas separated by a breezeway and features vaulted two-bed bedrooms, and a shared bathroom. A large screen porch provides a peaceful space for relaxation.
The hub of the detox and counseling facility serves as medication distribution for all patients on the campus. The north wing houses twelve detoxification beds, as well as activity, exam and nursing support rooms. The south wing includes counseling rooms for private and group therapy sessions.
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Gator Joe's was one of our favorite hangouts when in Ocklawaha. Established in 1926, there's definitely some history to this casual waterfront spot. "Old Joe" the restaurant's namesake gator who lived in Lake Weir, was mentioned in a letter intercepted by the FBI when they were hunting the Ma Barker Gang in 1934. The Gang was later arrested in a home just 1/8 of a mile from the restaurant.