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The acronym VARP stands for Veterans Alcoholic Rehabilitation Program. We were established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in February of 1979 for the primary purpose of providing rehabilitation services to veterans seeking recovery from alcohol and drug abuse.


In 1988 we purchased a large two-story building on North D Street in San Bernardino, CA, and opened the Gibson House for Men, a new State licensed and certified facility that expanded our services to adult male veterans as well as non-veterans. One year later in 1989, we purchased a building across the street from the Men's facility, and opened the Gibson House Recovery Center for Women, known universally as the “Gibson House for Women”. 


Then in 1990 we purchased five acres of property in Blythe, CA, on the Arizona border, and opened a state licensed and certified facility for men in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse called Metcalf Recovery Ranch. We subsequently added several homes that offer continuing after-care as the "Second Phase" of treatment, which returns our residents to mainstream society and employment while maintaining the structure of a drug and alcohol free environment. From its inception VARP, Inc. has gone from the humble beginnings of a one home recovery facility with only 14 beds, to nearly 20 different facilities with over 180 beds.


Our staff comes from a wide range of diverse backgrounds representative of the community we serve. Everyone is welcome at VARP, Inc. regardless of race, ethnicity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. We take pride in providing an environment free from judgment and discrimination.

Although we do not provide primary medical care or hospital services, we do employ doctors, nurses, and medical personnel to ensure the health and safety of our clients. 


Our experienced and professional staff includes certified and registered alcohol and drug counselors, along with doctors, nurses, therapists, administrators, maintenance, cooks, landscapers, and support staff. 

Each client is assigned a personal case manager to guide and educate them through the program and process of Recovery.

Certified and Registered Counselors meet with all participants and provide regular one-on-one and group counseling sessions.

Memberships and Accreditations

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