Chief Executive Officer
Dennis Farmer was raised in Shafter, California, a small farming town in Central Valley. At 24, Dennis took an entry level position with the State of California and promoted through the budgetary and accounting areas to become the Head of the Accounting Department for Kern Valley State Prison. Experiences during his tenure included activation of two prison facilities, management of budgets and fiscal policy, coordination with legislative accounting and budget affairs, internal control development and implementation, financial security audits, executive level administration of accounting, finance and budget policy.
Through his late 20’s, his struggle with alcohol became more pronounced; and by his early 30’s, alcohol began to affect his personal and professional life. After divorcing his first wife of less than two years, whom he shares a son with, he married for the second time. After less than two years of marriage, Dennis again divorced for the second time from his wife who he had a daughter with. His addiction to alcohol was becoming even more significant in personal choices, though he had not yet come to accept that he had a problem. At this point, even his professional life began to suffer, so he checked into a facility for the first of three stays in rehab. It would be the third and final stay that finally “stuck” and when he truly began the real process of recovery. This last rehab lasted 60 days. It was truly the first time he embraced the recovery process, the 12-steps and most importantly, his reinvestment in faith. Upon arriving for treatment, he was down to 135lbs with pancreatitis and an enlarged liver. He knew was just steps away from losing his life.
It was during his time in treatment that the idea of Legacy Village was born: a vision for an accessible, affordable place where people received quality treatment, assistance and full continuum of care. A full circle (if you will) of recovery-related services that can support the individual and foster a real community-feeling among the clients and alumni.
After leaving the state of California, Legacy become his primary professional pursuit. Since that time, Legacy Village has developed into the example of treatment and recovery services, comparable with any services available today. Today, Mr. Farmer is remarried and with his wife Erica, they are proud to actively participate in life, including with his son, daughter and two step-daughters – a prospect unthinkable during the grips of addiction.
“It is with an unapologetic faith in God, and a daily adherence to the 12 steps, that I remain sober – just for today, and that I’m able to actively participate in the work of Legacy Village, and in Life. According to Dennis, “Through the services we offer I’m able to give back, the solution that I found, to others who still suffer. We’re not just providing help or a way to get clean or sober – we’re giving people a change to recreate a Legacy, for them and their families.”