A Green Bay organization dedicated to supporting families, seniors and people with disabilities is starting a huge renovation project. As Kris Schuller reports, Curative Connections is updating its entire facility to better serve a growing client base.
For many years Kate Parizek has been a client of Curative Connections after suffering a brain infection at the age of 39.
“It is just an amazing place,” said Parizek.
Here she finds the help she needs to stay connected to the community in their Brain Rehabilitation and Wellness program.
“I don’t know how my recovery would have been from my traumatic brain injury if it wasn’t for Curative right here in Green Bay,” Parizek said.
And now Curative is renovating it’s 40-year-old building to help many more people like Kate in an $8.5 million project.
“This renovation will not add more square feet to the 65-thousand footprint, but it will essentially double the amount of space we have for services,” said Steve McCarthy, president of Curative.
McCarthy says the number of people 65 and older in Brown County will double in 12 years, the numbers for those with dementia, now at over 14,000, will double in 17 years and triple soon thereafter.
“That’s a big chunk of the people we serve and so we need to better meet their needs now and decades to come and this project will help us accomplish that,” McCarthy said.
“Right here where the temporary wall is, we’re going to have a really nice reception area,” said Denise Misovec of Curative.
While the renovation will create more space for Adult Day Services, Specialized Learning, and Employment Training, the construction is also meant to make the atmosphere more welcoming.
“We’ll brighten and update our space in ways that will better reflex our organizational values and our warm culture,” McCarthy said.
A project that should be complete in June 2019. Allowing Curative to help even more people like Kate, looking to achieve and maintain their independence.
“Your life can change in a heartbeat,” Kate said.
Curative still needs help funding the entire project. If you’d like to make a donation follow this link https://www.curativeconnections.org/DONATE/CAPITAL-CAMPAIGN.