ROCHESTER — On Wednesday, May 17, Hope on Haven Hill hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Center for Hope and Wellness and Camilla’s Place in Rochester. HHH Board members, capital campaign donors, state and local dignitaries, community members, and HHH clients and staff gathered in front of the facility located at 40 Charles Street for the double ribbon cutting.
The event began with a welcome from HHH Board Chair Susan Daigle. Letters of well wishes were shared by representatives from the offices of Senator Jean Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, and Representative Chris Pappas. New Hampshire Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, and Rochester Mayor Paul Callaghan also spoke.
“We are so grateful to everyone who made this amazing day possible,” said Daigle. “In just a year, Hope on Haven Hill worked to raise the $3.25 million in funds needed build the Center for Hope and Wellness. It was only a year ago we hosted our groundbreaking, and now we are opening our doors. It is truly a remarkable day.”
The Center for Hope and Wellness and Camilla’s Place are both located next to HHH’s Abi’s Place Recovery Housing. The Center for Hope and Wellness will be a hub for families in recovery, offering treatment and wellness programs, life skills training, childcare while participants are in programming, early head start, and community space for a range of health and learning programs. Camilla’s Place, named in memory of late HHH donor George Vanderheiden’ s mother, will provide permanent, affordable housing for women in recovery and their children.
“Thank you so much to Tom Haas who was the first to step up with an incredible gift that was then matched by George Vanderheiden and the Vanderheiden Family. Those gifts will be life-changing for the hundreds of families that we will serve at our new center. There will never be a right way for me to say thank you enough. I hope that by showing you the hundreds of lives improved each year, you will know how impactful your gifts were,” said Kerry Norton, HHH Executive Director.
Hope on Haven Hill is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to support recovery and nurture the health and wellbeing of pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorder(s) and their children by ensuring access to quality treatment and services.
For more information about Hope on Haven Hill, please visit www.hopeonhavenhill.org or contact Kerry Norton at KNorton@hopeonhavenhill.org.
This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: The new Center for Hope and Wellness and Camilla’s Place open in Rochester
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