New counseling building under way

MIDDLEBURY The Counseling Service of Addison County is constructing a new building in Middleburys Catamount Park which will include meeting spaces available for community use. The new building, made possible in part through a recent capital campaign, will house the agencys developmental services program, known as Community Associates, its administrative offices, and other programs. Across the parking lot is a building occupied since 2003 which contains programs for children and adolescents. Construction of the new building is proceeding rapidly, with occupancy slated for January. A smaller project is underway to enlarge the 89 Main St. office of the service and make it more accessible. The new Catamount Park building will include 1,300 square feet of meeting room space, which can be configured as either a single space or two smaller ones (420 and 880 square feet). This space will be available for community events and meetings when it is not in use by the agency, primarily on evenings and Saturdays. A refreshment center will be available in the lobby. There will be ample parking, and the building will be fully accessible to people with mobility issues. Detailed procedures and policies for the public use of the meeting rooms are still being developed, but the agency is committed to making the space available as a contribution to the wider community. The agency hopes to have volunteer hosts present to welcome and assist the people who are using the space. In making the announcement, CSACs Executive Director Bob Thorn said, The Counseling Service appreciates the wonderful support we have received from the people of Addison County over the years, and especially in our recent capital campaign. The community contributed more than $680,000 toward this new building and the addition to our 89 Main Street building. This wonderful new space exists only because of the generosity of our amazing community, and it is a thrill to be able share this resource. Making this meeting space available to other groups is one way we can say thank you to everyone for your great support! The Counseling Service is entering its half-century mark as a nonprofit provider of mental health and developmental services in Addison County, in partnership with other human services agencies, schools, and the state. Collaboration is an important part of the agencys mission, and making meeting space available to the community and other nonprofit organizations is an expression of that commitment.

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