October 22, 2015
Wheaton, IL: NAMI DuPage announced that it has moved its corporate offices to the new DuPage County Community Center. The Community Center is a 33,000 square foot, $11 million dollar building that was funded by the Health Department and is located on the DuPage County Government campus in Wheaton. The building represents a private/public partnership between NAMI DuPage and the DuPage County Health Department to provide expanded mental health services. As part of NAMI DuPage’s ongoing two year $1.5 million dollar capital campaign, NAMI DuPage has invested in expansion of existing programs and is introducing several new programs.
NAMI DuPage will operate some of its existing support and educational programs from the Community Center as well as offer new programs focusing on employment, recreation/social activities and affordable housing resource support. NAMI DuPage is also launching the Living Room program, which is a peer-led non-clinical crisis stabilization center alternative to hospital emergency room treatment. In addition, NAMI DuPage will be establishing several social enterprises including a café (opening mid-November 2015), commercial print shop (currently open) and a greenhouse operation (slated for 2017), which will serve as training grounds for individuals with mental illness who desire employment.
The Grand Opening of the Community Center was celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 15. Besides the official ribbon cutting, there were building tours and remarks from county leaders and NAMI DuPage leadership. The event was attended by members of the DuPage County Board of Health, Board of Health President Linda Kurzawa, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, Health Department Executive Director Karen Ayala, 18th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Robert Anderson, NAMI DuPage Executive Director Angela Adkins, NAMI DuPage Board President, Corky Corley and members of the NAMI DuPage Board of Directors.
“We are delighted to be a part of this pre-eminent building that will afford people who struggle with mental illness the dignity and recognition they deserve and who have been largely underserved in the community“, said Angela Adkins, Executive Director. “This magnificent building will enable us to offer several new programs in a positive and supportive environment that will aid in their recovery. “
The address for NAMI DuPage’s corporate office is 115 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL.