Governor Steve Beshear to Speak at Dedication for Madeline Abramson
WHAT | Madeline’s Cottage Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Private reception for donors, volunteers and media
WHEN | Thursday, June 25, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (program: 5:45 p.m.)
WHERE | Maryhurst 1015 Dorsey Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40223
MORE | Construction is complete for “Madeline’s Cottage” named in honor of long time board member and Maryhurst advocate, Madeline Abramson. The new residence will provide housing and treatment space for 14 adolescent girls and is designed for youth with the highest therapeutic needs in Kentucky’s child welfare system.
The opening culminates a 3-year comprehensive campaign raising nearly $7 million for the children in our care. In addition, many new overall site improvements are now available to the residents at Maryhurst. The new walking trail thanks to funding by the Humana Foundation will cross a large part of the campus and a partnership with Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has been established to add trees, native landscaping, new gardens and an orchard where girls can pick and eat food that they help grow.
In addition, the new butterfly garden thanks to Foxhollow Farms will provide an outdoor educational experience for the girls in our care. They will have the opportunity to plant and eat their own foods; experience aromatherapy classes, learn about soil, all while learning in a therapeutic atmosphere. Maryhurst is thankful to the Jefferson County Master Gardner Association for partnering with us to maintain this space.
Furthermore, for the first time on campus, a new sensory therapy room (known as the Snoezelen Room™) funded by the WHAS Crusade for Children has been designed with our children’s specific needs in mind. The equipment will engage sight, hearing, touch and smell, as well as have neutral wall and floor surfaces to allow images to be projected on them. All cottages on campus will benefit from using the new space.
For 171 years, Maryhurst has cared for abused and neglected children, making it the state’s oldest behavioral health services agency. Believing the worth of children and strength of families are cornerstones for a better world; Maryhurst is dedicated to providing care and commitment, strength and support, healing and hope to children and families in great need. The private, non-profit agency cares for 300 children each year through a residential treatment program for teenage girls, community based group homes for teen girls, therapeutic foster care services, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, outpatient services and transitional living services. Maryhurst is recognized nationally for its expertise in caring for severely traumatized youth, most often victims of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse or neglect. For more information, please visit http://www.maryhurst.org/ or call 502.245.1576.