In the home stretch
Thursday, April 11, 2019
In 37 days the public will be invited to see the result of a year and a half of work at Community and Family Resources’ $6.6 million new facility.
The grand opening will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. May 17 at the new building on Avenue M West, and will celebrate the completion of construction, said Marketing Manager Allison Hulshof.
Hopefully, state and federal officials will be present for the celebration, Hulshof said.
CFR has been providing detox services and helping anyone dealing with substance issues for more than 50 years, but in recent times it outgrew its building, the former convent that was part of the old St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on South 17th Street.
And it also outgrew the outpatient therapy building north of town on 15th Street, and the STARS adolescent program at the Corpus Christi location on North Eighth Street. With the new building, all of CFR’s services will be in one place.
“I’m just so excited. It’s beautiful,” said Adolescent Residential Program Supervisor Tiffany Dorsey, one of nine staff members who got a tour of the building Wednesday afternoon. “They’ve gotten a lot more done since I was here last.”
The building offers more space for the program to run smoothly, Dorsey said.
“There’s more space, and it flows better. Supervision and programming will flow better. Just being on one floor, instead of all over Fort Dodge.”
The kids are going to love it, added Rebecca Schuster, an adolescent resident counselor.
“Even the kids we have now in our program are sad they won’t get to see the new building,” said Schuster.