Starting Point Hosts Open House For New Drop-In Center
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare hosted an Open House for its new Drop-In Center on Thursday, September 29, at its new location on 2201 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The open house included a brief ceremony, refreshments, unveiling of a new Donor Recognition Board, and tours of the facility.
The Our Place Drop-In Center provides local residents with a place to come for mental health support services in a comfortable and home-like environment. Clients receive counseling services and participate in activities to improve their activities of daily living such as employment skills, socialization, managing their finances, and more. Starting Point has operated Drop-In Centers for more than 20 years and also offers a second location in Hilliard, FL. The centers are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The new Sadler Road location was purchased by Starting Point and updated through the generosity of donors, who gave the funds needed to renovate the home, purchase new furnishings, and improve the landscaping. The renovations included virtually gutting the inside of the home, then rebuilding, painting and furnishing it so that it is now compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Completed in June, the new facility has a larger kitchen, a new TV, new signs and fresh landscaping.
The Drop-In center is a central location for self-help, advocacy, education, and socialization for clients transitioning back into the community from assisted living. Clients are encouraged to participate in their own recovery by learning how to shop, clean, manage a check book, find transportation, and other skills. In addition, the group takes frequent trips to local recreational activities. The Drop-In Centers are open to all mental health consumers. No admission or membership fee is charged.
Drop-In Center clients (or consumers) manage a business that splits and sells firewood. The business has been operating for more than 18 years and all the wood is donated by a local tree service.
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