JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A childcare center opens on Monday at Gateway Community Services.
The Children's Zone is a center that cares for children of women who are undergoing substance abuse treatment at Gateway Community Services. This will allow mothers to receive treatment without losing custody of their children or without losing daily contact with them.
The child care facility was funded in part by the Weaver Family Foundation as well as by a number of community partners including Builders Care, Lumber Unlimited, White Roofing, RD Landscaping, Late Bloomers Garden Club, First Timothy Church, Wells Fargo, and state and local funds.
Former Gateway CEO Dr. Virginia Borrok initiated the first substance treatment program in the US that permitted children to remain with their mothers in treatment after birth. Before the program, the infant would be placed with either a foster family or a family member.
"Gateway was the first substance abuse treatment center in the nation to recognize the importance of keeping women and children together during treatment for drugs and alcohol," said CEO Dr. Candace Hodgkins. "We are very proud of this new center, and grateful for the generous donations of the Weaver Family Foundation and our other community partners that made it possible."
Gateway Community Services provides drug and alcohol detoxification, counseling and rehabilitation for teens and adults. The nonprofit also offers outpatient and residential addiction treatment, recovery housing, research, and prevention services for the community.
Gateway Community Services is located at 555 Stockton Street, Jacksonville, Fla. Visit the website for more information or to make a donation.
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