CFR builds for the future; expansive new building for all services should be open in May

Sunday, February 03, 2019

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Joe Sutter

Some very big changes are on the horizon for Community and Family Resources.

Specifically, the detox and recovery organization is looking forward to completion of its new 38,000-square-foot building which will host all of CFR’s programs — yes, it’s a lot larger than what they have now.

“We will have so much space we don’t have right now, which I think will make this building so much more effective,” said Executive Director Michelle De La Riva. “Our old adult residential location feels like we’re packed into a tin can.”

CFR has been at its South 17th Street location since it was founded 51 years ago, De La Riva said. It has more services than can fit in that building, also offering the STARS adolescent residential program on North Eighth Street and outpatient services north of Fort Dodge on 31st Avenue North.

Now all those services will be provided at one location on Avenue M West, she said.

Woodruff Construction broke ground on the new facility in October 2017. The goal is to move into the building by May.

The expansive building offers plenty of advantages over the old locations, De La Riva said. For one thing, there are more windows.

“We wanted every single room to have natural light,” she said. “It improves hopefulness and well-being.”

Each wing in the building will also have outdoor patios, fenced in for privacy, so that people can go out and get more air and some sun, De La Riva said.

Everyone will enter through a main front door. Outpatient rooms are down one hall, while residential rooms are down another hall. Adolescents will be taken care of upstairs, but everything else is all on one floor.

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