Aurora Health Care Foundation is leading a fundraising campaign for the renovation of the President's House at the Dewey Center, located on the Aurora Behavioral Health Services campus in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
This campaign is the result of many months of thoughtful planning. The overall goal for this campaign is $2.1 million, and the financial objectives were established after a thorough analysis of the vision for the President's House.
The President's House Campaign Cabinet was established to offer assistance and recommendations for the campaign. Aurora leadership approved the campaign plan in 2011 and final approval by the City of Wauwatosa was obtained in June 2012.
Background on the Dewey Center
Aurora Behavioral Health Services is the largest nonprofit behavioral health care system in eastern Wisconsin. For some patients in recovery, it is a last destination of hope and treatment that will lead to successful and life-changing recovery.
Established in 1884 on a beautiful, 28-acre wooded campus, Aurora Behavioral Health Services is a regional leader in behavioral health care. As part of Aurora Health Care, patients have access to the only fully-integrated continuum of behavioral health and medical care in Wisconsin. While other providers have discontinued or significantly reduced their programs of care, Aurora Behavioral Health Services has continued to provide all aspects of services treating addiction and mental illness in our community. Many of our patients are uninsured or underinsured.
The Dewey Center was established in 1972 and, after 40 years, we continue to provide a comprehensive network of evidence-based assessment, education, treatment and referral services for adults and family members affected by alcohol or other substance abuse disorders. Dewey Center's close affiliation with Aurora Behavorial Health Services facilitates treatment of our patients with concomitant diagnoses of addiction combined with a mental illness such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Unique to our services is Dewey Center's Opiate Recovery Program for individuals addicted to prescription pain medications and other opiates. As addiction to painkillers, such as oxycontin and vicodin, has reached near epidemic proportions, demand for this service alone has soared.
Whatever the diagnosis, Dewey Center's primary goal is to offer a solid foundation for recovery so patients may return to their families, friends, employers and communities with the skills and strength needed to lead healthy and productive lives. Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is a lifestyle change characterized by sobriety, attention to personal health and citizenship. Recovery is a lifelong journey requiring vigilance and consistent, nonjudgmental support – all found at Aurora Behavioral Health Services and the Dewey Center, which offers a solid foundation of treatment and care that will lead to a future of happiness and productivity.
President's House Renovation and Expansion
The President's House is an elegant English Tudor built in the 1920s. The house was home to hospital presidents until 1993. Since that time, the house has fallen into disrepair and has been used for storage. We envision this wonderful house as a meeting place, but renovation is necessary. The redesign will convert the second floor bedrooms into three group therapy spaces, one of which will be dedicated solely to women-only support groups and activities. A chapel will be on the second floor, and these quiet spaces may be used for meditation, yoga, and alternative therapies such as Reiki and acupuncture.
The renovated President's House will provide a safe and sober haven where individuals and families can continue their journey on the path to restoring their well-being. Programs and activities will provide a bridge between treatment and the real day-to-day, challenge-filled world to which everyone in recovery must eventually return. Recovering individuals and their families will have the opportunity to build linkages with other positive role models in the recovery community. Included in the proposed programming are: family programming, 12-step support groups, evening and weekend leisure activities and weekend retreats. The President's House will also serve as the center of operations for the Dewey Friends of Recovery Alumni Association. This renovation will enable us to provide safe, consistent space for both more and larger 12-step and community support groups.