Officials unveil new Charlie’s Place

By September 23, 2009News

New facility to serve more patients

By Elaine Marsilio

September 23, 2009 – New digs bring a new hope that Charlie’s Place will reach more people in need of drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

The invitation-only grand opening Wednesday, featuring Gov. Rick Perry and Bishop Edmond Carmody, celebrated the newly renovated 97,000-square-foot facility, the refurbished Garden Inn hotel at Interstate 37 and McBride Lane.

Several key donations, including a $1.5 million from Citgo, helped with renovation costs, but Charlie’s Place still needs more than $1 million to cover the facility’s price tag, saidAmy Rhoads Granberry, director of organizational development.

Staff gave tours of the two-story, 171-bed facility that they hope will serve more patients than its current number of about 2,200 clients annually, Granberry said.

The center features a courtyard for patients and will house the organization’s detox and residential services. Those services previously were split between two facilities.

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