Jeff Kolkey Staff Writer @jeffkolkey
June 6, 2019 at 3:57 p.m. June 6, 2019 at 9:47 p.m.
ROCKFORD – Remedies Renewing Lives agreed this week to pay the city of Rockford $ 22,000 for a vacant lot, as it plans to expand the services offered in block 200 of Easton Parkway.
The 1.9-acre lot was donated to the city in 2003. It is located west and across the street from the domestic violence shelter and the 28,000-square-foot Remedies addiction treatment center. It is adjacent to a 2.7-acre lot donated to Remedies last year.
CEO Gary Halbach said that Remedies is starting to plan the design and service offerings of the new building. Although the non-profit organization is known for domestic violence and treatment services for alcohol and drug addiction, Remedies also offers treatment for gambling addiction. He could expand his mental health treatment capacity in addition to other services and reconfigure his parking lot, which was treacherous during the winter.
Halbach said the facilities will not be the site of the Family Peace Center being developed by Mayor Tom McNamara's Office of Domestic Violence and Trafficking Prevention.
The remedies provide services to approximately 1,800 victims of domestic violence and their children each year, Halbach said. It also treats more than 2,000 residents of Winnebago and Boone counties through addiction and operates the city's only methadone clinic. Remedies also offers the services that Halbach says are the only addiction consultants to the game in Winnebago and Boone counties.
The construction of the east side headquarters of Remedies in 2015 on land donated by First Midwest Group allowed it to expand the domestic violence shelter from 40 to 62 beds. It also allowed Remedies to expand its addiction treatment services to alcohol and drugs.
Founded in 1955, the organization was known as PHASE / WAVE since 1979, when domestic violence services were added to its addiction treatment services, until the name was changed to Remedies Renewing Lives in 2009.
"What would enter that building, we will know more at the end of the summer," Halbach said.
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