Work under way on new rehab site

By February 11, 2009News

February 11, 2009 – Charlie’s Place officials want to give their clients some room — about 100 rooms.

The drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation organization began refurbishing the former Garden Inn in the 800 block of McBride Lane, off Interstate 37, a couple weeks ago.

Caller-Times photo slide show - click to viewThe 97,000-square-foot facility will house all of Charlie’s Place services, such as detox, residential and probation programs, board president Dennis Dolce said. The new location is set to open in June.

Charlie’s Place locations, on North Country Club Place and on Brownlee Boulevard, total about 27,000 square feet and are older and deteriorating structures, he said.

The new building features a courtyard to help clients relax, he said.

“They need some space for walking and thinking,” Dolce said. “That’s been an integral part of healing.”

The organization has the capacity for 126 clients, serving people from 19 counties. Charlie’s Place serves about 100 people a day, said Amy Rhoads Granberry, director of organization development. She said officials are determining how many people could be served with the new facility, which will have at least 100 client rooms. The current facilities offer 45 client rooms.

Charlie’s Place is working with local businesses and individuals to attain the remaining $2 million needed for the total $4 million project, she said.

The first weeks of remodeling have involved mostly painting and electrical work, Granberry said.

Most of the work has been completed by community volunteers from organizations such as churches, the Charlie’s Place board, Christus Spohn Health System and Citgo Refinery, Granberry said.

Other companies, such as Sherwin Williams and Carboline Co., have donated supplies for the project.

Citgo gave Charlie’s Place $1.5 million prior to the renovation, and Granberry said Citgo officials also assigned two full-time managers to oversee the building’s construction.

To volunteer or make donations: 882-9302, Ext. 109. To mail donations: Charlie’s Place Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 4996, Corpus Christi, TX 78469

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