From the Executive Director: New beginnings
By: Heather Wilson, MSW, CFRE, CAE
Seneca is quoted as saying, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” So it is with the Foundation as we leave our current location at 777 East Park Drive in Harrisburg and take occupancy of our new building located at 400 Winding Creek Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.
The journey to this new building was arduous. But often, you find that when you persevere through challenge you find great reward. Despite multiple delays, including the unanticipated COVID-19 pandemic, we have finally arrived at the moment when we are able provide LifeGuard, Physicians’ Health Program (PHP) and Student Financial Services. It is important that you, our supporters and consumers, know the great thought and care that went into the design of our new space.
When arriving at the entrance of our new facility you will find doors to both the PHP and LifeGuard programs. These program spaces, located on the first floor as you enter the front doors, ensure the privacy and confidentiality of those who may require services. In our former facility, PHP participants and LifeGuard clients had to navigate spaces where they could potentially encounter other colleagues.
Advanced technology ensures that our guests and staff are plugged-in to Wi-Fi and our meeting rooms are designed with large flat screens to ensure all meeting attendees can see presentations and participate in conference calls. Sound masking helps to afford each staff member privacy even when working in a cubicle. Most of our work will be paperless as we strive to go green.
The new facility maximizes the ability to enjoy natural light and promotes health and wellness. All offices and cubicles have the benefit of receiving sunlight and a walking path provides a place of solace and fresh air for staff and guests. Our neighbors are pretty cool too. You may see bald eagles, deer, wild turkeys, cranes and turtles who inhabit the Conodoguinet Creek and wooded area at the rear of the building. Of note is that Conodoguinet means “a long way with many bends,” an appropriate description of the journey for many of our folks who are in recovery.
I would be remiss if I did not thank Pyramid Construction Services Inc. and Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates for their incredible dedication and attention to our project. As they designed and constructed the building, they kept our consumers, key constituencies, donors and dedicated staff front of mind.
As the pandemic ends and work in the office resumes, the Foundation extends to you a warm open invitation to visit us. We look forward to greeting you!