At a time when it seems as though the world has come to a screeching halt, it’s always encouraging to hear when progress is being made. On Thursday, April 30, De Paul Treatment Centers moved ahead with the groundbreaking for a new treatment facility they’re building in southeast Portland.It was a virtual event held online with everyone involved safely physical distancing and following the Governor’s Stay Home, Save Lives order, and I was honored to participate in the event via video.
The new facility will be built on a 3.4 acre property, replacing the current building now in use in Downtown Portland. When it opens, the modern, state-of-the-art facility and community center will offer a welcoming, trauma-informed therapeutic environment, expanded treatment options and community education resources. It will be an asset to all Oregonians and ensure the most vulnerable members of the community receive the care they need.
The City of Portland values the important work being done at De Paul, and we’re proud to be partnering on this project. Earlier this year, City Council voted unanimously to help fund the construction of the new treatment center, ensuring affordability.
As Mayor, the health, safety and well-being of all in our community is a top priority for me. Addiction is a complex and chronic condition, but it’s also treatable. It’s reassuring for me to know that those suffering from addiction will continue to receive comprehensive, quality and individualized care in the positive environment this new facility will offer when it opens next year.