March 25, 2019
Renovation Set; New Facilities Opened; Going Solar

April 16, 2018 — Plymouth Center for the Arts to launch $1.4M renovation...Dimock Center opens renovated facility following $16.4M capital campaign...Care Dimensions opens new, $17.5M facility to serve overnight visitors... Brockton Area Arc goes solar, expects to save $15K annually.

Plymouth Center for the Arts to Launch $1.4M Renovation

Plymouth Center for the Arts, a Plymouth nonprofit that provides classes and events aimed at promoting access to the arts, recently announced it will launch a $1.4 million renovation project in connection with its tenth anniversary.

Improvements will include a 20-foot extension of its building at North Street by 20, reconfigured restrooms to be handicapped accessible, installation of an elevator, and addition of a handicapped accessible walkway to its gardens, according to a report in The Patriot Ledger.

To date, to fund the project the Center has raised $400,000, with the Massachusetts Cultural Council providing a $410,000 match grant.

“The most important thing is to make sure that every nook and cranny is accessible, regardless of anyone’s physical challenges,” said Peg Page, president of the organization, quoted in The Ledger. .

Construction will begin in June, with a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the renovated space set for next spring.

Founded in 2007, Plymouth Center for the Arts traces its roots back 51 years when the first Plymouth Annual Art Show was held. Today, the Center welcomes visitors to its galleries seven days a week for 50 weeks every year without charge.

Dimock Center Opens Renovated Facility Following $16.4M Capital Campaign

The Dimock Center, a nonprofit located in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood that provides low cost health and human services, this month announced the opening of a newly renovated facility that will add between 30 and 40 inpatient acute treatment beds.

The Dr. Lucy Sewall Center for Acute Treatment Services is one of only three inpatient detox facilities in Boston, and one of 30 in the state, offering addiction recovery services for men and women.

The renovation project to restore the aging inpatient detox facility began in January 2017 when the project broke ground. The project is the result of Dimock’s $16.4 million capital campaign, Building the Road to Recovery, which was supported by lead contributor The Yawkey Foundations, as well as the three major hospital networks in Boston: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Boston Medical Center.

The Dimock Center received significant support from a MassDevelopment and Capital One Community Renewal Fund, with Capital One serving as tax credit investor.

“The support we’ve received for the Building the Road to Recovery campaign is transformative,” said Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO of The Dimock Center. “Our number one priority is patient care, especially as we face the ongoing unprecedented opioid epidemic. The Dr. Lucy Sewall Center for Acute Treatment Services will help us serve more patients in a state-of-the-art facility and enhance our renowned substance use disorder treatment model."

Also supporting the project were 22 members of the Dimock Community Foundation board; Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund; Century Bank and the Sloane Family; Coca Cola North America Group; Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation; Cummings Foundation; Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation; Fish Family Foundation; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation; John Hancock ; Lars Family Foundation; Sanofi Genzyme; The Boston Foundation; The Claddagh Fund; The Hearst Foundations; and The Kuehn Charitable Foundation.

Care Dimensions Opens New, $17.5M Facility to Serve Overnight Visitors

Care Dimensions, a Danvers-based nonprofit provider of hospice care in eastern Massachusetts, last week announced the opening of a new, 18-bed inpatient hospice facility, which the organization's president, Patricia Ahern, said will provide space for overnight stays for visiting family members.

The project was financed through a $17.5 million tax-exempt MassDevelopment bond, which was purchased by People’s United Bank.

Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions is the largest hospice provider to adults and children with advanced illness in Massachusetts. As a community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support and teaching programs in more than 90 communities in eastern Massachusetts and employs more than 450 staff.

Brockton Area Arc Goes Solar, Expects to Save $15K Annually

The Brockton Area Arc, a Brockton-based nonprofit that provides services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, recently installed a rooftop solar energy system that reportedly will save the organization $15,000 a year in energy costs.

The array of 200 photovoltaic panels are projected to produce 86,000 kWh of energy annually, according to Solect Energy and PowerOptions, which partnered with Brockton Area Arc.

“When Solect Energy reached out to us about pursuing a solar conversion, switching to renewable energy hadn’t been on our radar,” says John J. Lynch, executive director of the Brockton Area Arc, quoted in Solar Industry magazine. “Solect made a compelling argument for the substantial benefits that we would accrue with a commitment to solar.”

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