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Posted on 12/10/2014
Lowe’s Provides Makeover of Children’s Crisis Unit
(Bartow, FL, Dec 10, 2014)
Children experiencing a Baker Act due to a mental health crisis in Polk, Hardee or Highlands Counties are frequently admitted to the Peace River Center Children’ s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in Bartow. “Our unit served approximately 700 children between the ages of 5 and 17 last year”, said Kirk Fasshauer, Director of Crisis Services at Peace River Center.
The CSU operates 24 hours a day, year-round, receiving constant wear and tear. For the past two years Fasshauer and other PRC staff have been brainstorming how to improve the unit on a barebones budget. Thanks to a local group of volunteers, the once dreary crisis unit has now evolved and is bright and welcoming.
On November 11, Lowe’s of Bartow completed an interior transformation of the Children’s CSU as a part of a Lowe’s Heroes project, a nationwide initiative by Lowe’s that touches communities by partnering with local non-profit agencies on improvement projects.
This Lowe’s Heroes Project went above and beyond the typical project. According to Cathy Hatch, PRC Development Manager, the Lowe’s Project Coordinator, Tyler Kenney, was determined to do more. Kenney reached out beyond Lowe’s to engage vendors in the project, receiving additional materials donations from Shaw Industries and Masterbrand Cabinets.
Thirteen Lowe’s employees volunteered their time donating a combined 204 hours to complete the project which included installing new flooring, painting interior walls, updating lighting, replacing cabinetry and installing custom built seating units that double for storage.
Lowe’s Manager, Gerry Orellana stated, “Bartow has been good to us and we wanted to give back to the community. Peace River Center clients and staff deserve this.”
Peace River Center (PRC) is a private not-for-profit community behavioral health organization serving the residents of Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties for over 66 years. PRC serves families in crisis, children and adults in need as well as the severely and persistently mentally ill. PRC also provides two domestic violence shelters, a Rape Recovery and Resource Center, Primary Health Care, Addiction Treatment Program, and 24 hour Crisis lines and Intervention to the communities it serves.