The Broadway Campus of KidsPeace, located in Bethlehem, PA, has been undergoing many changes over the past few years thanks to donations by individuals and organizations and assistance from state legislators. A total of $5 million was raised to build a new residence that will be safe for our children in residential care and campus renovations that will also ensure that outpatient and ambulatory children receive services in a safer, more healing environment. The planning and fundraising began in 2005, and the project is now 70% complete. In fact, KidsPeace was able to rebid the project earlier this year and save significantly on construction costs.
In late November, KidsPeace invited a group of legislators to a gathering to thank them for their assistance and support for the project and to take them on a tour of the construction site. Each state legislator was presented with a plaque to express KidsPeace's gratitude and taken on a tour of the new building, which will serve as a temporary home for children receiving treatment for such issues as depression, attachment disorders, self injury, abuse, eating disorders, ADHD and a variety of other conditions that require residential treatment. The legislators were grateful for their plaques and impressed with the new building.
The attendees at this warm morning of appreciation included: Representative Karen Beyer, Representative Joseph Brennan, Representative Julie Harhart, Representative Jennifer Mann, Representative Doug Reichley, Representative Steve Samuelson, Senator Patrick Brown and Kurt Derr, District Chief of Staff Senator Lisa Boscola. On hand from KidsPeace were President and CEO Will Isemann, Executive Vice President for Marketing and Business Development Michael Slack, Executive Vice President and CFO Tim Richards, Operations Director Paul Tewes, Vice President of PA Residential and Hospital Programs Susan Mullen, Vice President of Programs Grace Fornicola, Director of HR Kevin Burgess and Interim Director of KidsPeace Hospital Bud Megargee.
New Building at Broadway Campus
Will Isemann discusses building layout with State Senator Patrick Brown and Representative Steve Samuelson and Susan Mullen