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.