Fundraiser for Addiction Treatment Centre Receives Boost

An addiction treatment centre, launching the second phase of fundraising effort for a renovation already received a huge boost from a local philanthropist. 

The House of Sophrosyne has a building on Chappell Ave. near Malden Rd. in west Windsor, but Executive Director Karen Waddell says it's bursting at the seams.

A building just south of Tecumseh Rd. E.  on Adstoll Ave. is the answer and the organization acquired the much larger property from the Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board but it needs some work.

The organization has been providing addiction services in Windsor for close to 40-years.

Waddell says the Building for Recovery Campaign already received a major commitment from one of the region's most generous citizens, Al Quesnel.

She tells AM800 News, Quesnel will match money raised from April 1 to June 30 up to $1-million.

"He really does support the need for addiction services, so he decided to help us boost this campaign and to put that pledge out there to see what we can do with it," she says. "We are up to the challenge."

Waddell says the recovery centre already offers plenty to help people go straight, but the renovation will mean they can do so much more.

"We've already added day treatments, we've added virtual addiction treatments, but we'll also be adding an enhanced family program and some other programs that will provide treatment options for individuals and through that better outcomes," added Waddell.

Waddell says there are 15 residential beds at the current site, which would double at the new location.

Just over $1.2-million of the $3.5-million needed has already been raised.