George Junior Republic Identity Magazine June 2015

August 17, 2015  |  By  |  Impressions: 571  | 


On May 30, 2015, we recognized the graduating class of 2015. Forty-six seniors received high school diplomas from Grove City Area School District and three earned their GEDs. These numbers represent 100 percent of the senior class and with graduation behind us, we are headed into a very busy summer. Three major campus projects are underway. The first is the expansion and renovation of the William H. Gladden Career and Technical Center. This $1.5 million project will provide larger shops and classrooms, new state-of-the-art equipment, new tools, and enhanced teaching facilities, which will ultimately increase the number of industry recognized certifications available to our students. In addition, 5,000 square feet of space will be added to the complex. The second project is the construction of two additional specialized residential facilities. These new facilities will be designed specifically for younger youth who have significant behavioral and mental health needs. Total cost is $1 million and completion is anticipated in early 2016. The third project is the construction of another indoor recreation facility and a Check-In Center for youth returning from home visits. This $2.5 million, 20,000 square foot complex will be completed in the spring of 2016. All of these projects will significantly increase our ability to put youth entrusted in our care on a path for success. Residential treatment has changed dramatically in the past decade and organizations must be able to meet the needs, demands, and challenges of referring agencies and the youth we serve. Experienced well trained staff and quality programming, along with the ability to design and construct new facilities, are vital to the success of any organization providing out-of-home care. Of course, the physical projects would not be possible without the support of the many businesses, corporations, foundations, and individuals that share our belief in making a difference in the lives of the youth at George Junior Republic. ~ Richard Losasso, CEO, George Junior Republic