“Creating a place of sanctuary”

More than 200 people came out to Ward’s Island on a beautiful spring day for the George Rosenfeld Center for Recovery (GRCR) dedication ceremony. The 231-bed residential complex opens following a major restoration undertaken in partnership with New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The renovation project reclaimed and enhanced the original historic structure, built in 1915 as a hospital for psychiatric patients, to create a modern family treatment center for women, parents with young children, and adults 55 years of age and older.

“The story of this 100-year-old building is one of realizing potential, learning from the past, and creating a new place of sanctuary and healing,” said Odyssey House President Dr. Peter Provet at the dedication ceremony. “Its story, like those of the people who come here for help with substance abuse and related problems, is also a symbol of endurance and overcoming the odds.”

The GRCR is named in honor of George Rosenfeld, who for more than two decades has helped lead – and shape – Odyssey House. His visionary and compassionate public service leadership as Chairman of Odyssey House (2002-2012) and then as Chairman of Odyssey Foundation has helped save the lives of thousands of vulnerable men, women, and children suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders.

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George Rosenfeld“Here was a building … that could be renovated and rehabilitated to house those most in need of rebuilding their own lives and setting a better course for their children.” -George Rosenfeld