Minnesota became home for Jack Odom in 1980 when he moved from Louisiana seeking recovery in "The Land of 10,000 Treatment Centers." He participated as a guest at The Retreat in The Retreat's early years at Upland Farm and has been sober since. He has had the benefit of being both a resident and a manager of The Retreat's sober living homes for men. Jack was eventually recruited as the Coordinator of The Retreat's Residential Program for Men, where he served for more than 10 years. During that time Jack received training from The Christos Center for Spiritual Formation as a Spiritual Director and continues an active Spiritual Direction practice working primarily with alcoholics and addicts in early recovery. Jack has both attended and led numerous spiritual retreats and workshops.