The Wayne County Community Foundation announced the securing of $2 million in funding to go toward the Wayne Recovery-To-Work Ecosystem project, thanks to a very generous grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
The funds will be used to supplement construction costs for the facility and will be disbursed annually in two $1 million increments. This is an instrumental piece in the planning and execution of this project.
The Recovery-To-Work Ecosystem is a multi-discipline treatment, rehabilitation, and long-term care hub designed to address key service gaps for individuals struggling with substance use disorders and behavioral health challenges within the defined Project Service Area - nine counties within northeastern PA consisting of Wayne, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, and Wyoming.
The model focuses on individual needs by connecting existing local services and supplementing them with its own programming, following a three phase approach; 1) treatment & rehabilitation, 2) skills-based training & career development, and 3) job creation & supportive services.
The proposed project will create jobs, treat hundreds of patients annually, and respond to the identified regional labor shortage by facilitating patient re-entry into the labor pool.
“We are excited that this project is continuing to progress closer to completion and are extremely grateful for the support of the Weinberg Foundation,” said Wayne County Commissioners Brian Smith, Joe Adams and Jocelyn Cramer. “Since the initial discussions, we have picked up so many partners, funders and supporters who all believe this is the right project in the right location at the right time.
“We all know there’s a service gap but rather than simply acknowledging there’s an issue and hoping something changes while continuing to see our residents travel across the state to seek services or not seek services at all, we’re moving forward with a plan to keep people closer to their homes, their families and their support system.”
To learn more about how you can support this and other community and economic development projects visit the Wayne County Community Foundation or call 570-251-9993.