Spectrum Health Systems has officially dedicated its new, $2.5 million, 18,000-sq.-ft. Women & Children’s Center, naming the facility Giblin House in honor of Kevin Giblin, a long-time supporter and generous donor to Spectrum’s mission.
The dedication was held along with an open house at the new building on Friday, May 7, 2010 – a fitting start to the Mother’s Day weekend. The events culminated a nearly decade-long capital campaign and more recent construction phase which would not have been possible without the support of Mr. Giblin, numerous private foundations and many, many private individual donors.
The impressive results of years of hard work is a debt-free, state-of-the-art facility which will provide a dignified, safe and secure environment where women can receive treatment while learning to care for their children and function effectively as parents. The new building allows the expansion of the program’s current capacity from 15 to 26 women and a maximum of 13 children up to the age of five.
Guest speakers included: U.S. Rep. James McGovern; State Senator Jennifer Flanagan, chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Kevin Giblin, president & CEO of Brendon Properties; Mark Bilotta, chair of Spectrum Health Systems’ Board of Trustees; Charles Faris, president & CEO of Spectrum Health Systems; Susan Moitozo, associate VP of clinical and women’s services for Spectrum Health Systems; and Women & Children’s Center alumnus Sarah Lisa Kennedy.
“I learned I could be a wonderful woman, mother, sister and friend,” Kennedy told an audience of over 150 guests about her experience at the Women & Children’s Center. Kennedy credited the support of Spectrum staff and the other women she met in the program with helping her regain a life that today finds her living with all five of her children, as a homeowner and four years into recovery.
Since its inception in 1988, Spectrum’s Women & Children’s Center has received continuous recognition for its innovative approach in meeting the needs of substance abusing women and their children. It was the first program of its kind in Massachusetts and serves as a model throughout the country.
Overseen by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the long-term residential treatment program at the Women & Children's Center is based on the principle that women have the ability, given appropriate resources, to make positive changes in their lives, therefore giving more children the chance to grow up in an environment that encourages their full potential.
"The new Women & Children's Center will enable more women to address issues of addiction while learning to care for their children in a safe and supportive environment, helping break the cycle of addiction," said Spectrum President & CEO Charles Faris. “We’re here to break that cycle,” said Faris. “These kids are going to have a chance.”
Headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider, specializing in the treatment of criminal offenders and at-risk youth. Spectrum has programs operating in five states, serving more than 18,000 individuals each year.
Andrew Strecker, Development Associate
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