|Aug 01, 2011 --
Nevada County has the highest rate in California for those needing but not receiving treatment for alcohol and illicit drug use. CoRR (Community Recovery Resources) has worked hard to turn rates around, but has been confronted by challenges of their own. CoRR has worked out of an old and ineffective facility with very little space for critical services, and has struggled to qualify for an appropriate loan due to high interest rates and lack of funding. In turn, this has created barriers to provide various services like therapy, counseling, and educational classes.
USDA Rural Development provided a 40-year $9.3 million Community Facilities Direct Loan to CoRR to build the "Center for Hope", a residential treatment center in Grass Valley.
In June, CoRR broke ground on their new 47,100 square foot "Center for Hope" project. The facility will provide various services that promote self-sufficiency and a full transition back into the community. It is also expected to house up to 50 men, women, and children in order to provide stable care to the patient and his or her family. The availability of these services will employ 40 counselors and staff and help an estimated 2,000 people annually to recover from substance abuse and other related health behavior disorders.
Sierra Foothills Construction, a Grass Valley contractor, anticipates about 90% of the work will be done by businesses within the county. This is expected to create 400 local jobs, which is especially important in a county with 12.3% unemployment rates.
"We're honored to be selected for this important program for the community," said Keoni Allen of Sierra Foothills Construction at the groundbreaking event.
Allen, along with many other community supporters including Congressman Tom McClintock, were on hand to commemorate the start of construction.
"This is your victory," McClintock told everyone. "This project is funded, and will ultimately succeed, because this community wanted it and is 110 percent behind it."
The strong community support and dedicated work of many individuals has made this project possible. With the completion of this project, the community will be well prepared to fight the growing epidemic of substance abuse. The new facility is expected to be completed in summer of 2012.
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