Meridian held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, January 12th in celebration of the completion of the Lodge at Meridian.
The ceremony included remarks from Chief Clinical Officer, Richard Anderson; Director of Development and Communications, David Rountree and Board of Directors Chairperson, Sinoma Brown; cutting of the ribbon; and closed with tours of the renovated facility.
“It was great to see all of the support from our donors and community partners who attended the ribbon cutting,” said Anderson. “Your presence means a lot to Meridian as you have helped us to realize a dream and expansion of services for our clients.”
Meridian broke ground last February, beginning the task of renovating 20 rooms which will provide no- or low-cost, temporary housing; allowing clients who lack access to stable living conditions, a place to rest safely at night; making recovery attainable.
In September 2016, Meridian kicked off a $221,000 campaign to complete the renovation of the remaining 13 rooms at The Lodge.
Last year alone, The Lodge provided 2,733 bed days to over 60 patients.
“We are thankful for our donors and community partners for their support in assisting us with filling an identified gap in services for our clients,” said Anderson. “Many of our clients would be discharged from residential programs with no stable living environment, job or any place else to go.”
The Lodge at Meridian will serve clients transitioning from more intensive treatment services with transitional housing, enabling them to become employed as well as achieve stability in their lives.