CORE Treatment Services will hold an Open House and Ribbon Cutting from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, at its new facility at 3 Riverside Drive, Manitowoc. The event is co-sponsored by Holy Family Memorial (HFM). The ribbon cutting will be held at 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to tour the facility and meet co-executive directors Pastor Chris Gilbert and Carmen Persaud, LPC, as well as other staff members.
CORE is Manitowoc’s newest Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse (AODA) facility. It will begin accepting residents in late February. CORE is a nonprofit, 16-bed residential and day-treatment facility, located in the former Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity convent building next to HFM. CORE will be a licensed Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) and a Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) organization. It is only the fifth CCS-certified AODA residential treatment center in the state of Wisconsin.
“We recognize that AODA is a serious concern in Manitowoc County—as well as throughout the state and nation. There is a serious shortage of residential treatment facilities for those struggling with AODA issues. That is why it is so important to HFM to support CORE and make it possible for this much needed program to take root in our community,” said Brett Norell, FACHE, President & CEO of Holy Family Memorial and member of the CORE Board of Directors.
HFM provides the convent building to CORE as well as food service and other support. Dr. Dean Pollnow, HFM’s Chief Medical Officer serves as CORE’s Medical Director.
“The opening of CORE is a significant step toward improving the health and well-being of our community,” said Gilbert and Persaud. “We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from Holy Family Memorial as well as many other individuals and businesses in the area.”