UMFS unveils new $11M children’s treatment facility as part of campus overhaul

United Methodist Family Services President and CEO Nancy Toscano speaks at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the nonprofit’s new foster care center. (Photos courtesy of UMFS)

A local nonprofit is halfway through an overhaul of its Richmond campus with the completion of its new residential treatment center for children.

United Methodist Family Services held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for its Child & Family Healing Center, a 33,600-square-foot residential treatment facility for children with mental health and behavioral issues.

The facility is new construction on UMFS’s 33-acre campus at 3900 W. Broad St., which is the headquarters for the organization that also has operations elsewhere in the state.

The center cost about $11 million and has capacity for 50 children in five suites that each have 10 private bedrooms. Each suite has a common area, kitchen, group therapy room and other facilities. The 24-hour center offers psychiatry, verbal and non-verbal therapy and social work among other services.

The Child & Family Healing Center is a 33,600-square foot residential treatment facility for children with mental health and behavioral issues.

“This building represents our best and most informed effort to provide young people with the resources they deserve so they can focus their full attention on healing,” UMFS President and CEO Nancy Toscano said in her remarks during the ceremony.

The nonprofit, which was founded in Richmond in 1900, provides its foster care and other services to children ages 11 to 17.

Kenbridge Construction was the general contractor for the center’s construction. RRMM Architects designed the facility.

The center comes as the first part of a two-phase campus overhaul that UMFS has planned since 2014.

The new center features private bedrooms in suite-style accommodations for 50 children.

“What you see, what you’re sitting in, is eight years of dreaming and planning and strategizing.” Toscano said. “Some of the earliest consultants were the kids. They expressed their desire for lots of outdoor space, privacy and big TVs.”

The new facility replaces a group of five cottages that were built in the 1950s and had a 40-resident capacity. One cottage has been demolished already, and the remaining four are slated for demolition to make way for an expansion project at the Charterhouse School, which is home to UMFS’s K-12 educational program for children with special needs.

That $9 million project is expected to break ground this summer and will add new classrooms among other improvements to the school.

In addition to the new facilities, UMFS is also improving other parts of its campus as part of the overall project, Toscano said.

The more than $20 million undertaking is being funded through an ongoing capital campaign and proceeds from the nonprofit’s land-lease agreement with Spy Rock Real Estate, which has built the Ella mixed-use development on UMFS land fronting Broad Street.

United Methodist Family Services President and CEO Nancy Toscano speaks at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the nonprofit’s new foster care center. (Photos courtesy of UMFS)

A local nonprofit is halfway through an overhaul of its Richmond campus with the completion of its new residential treatment center for children.

United Methodist Family Services held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for its Child & Family Healing Center, a 33,600-square-foot residential treatment facility for children with mental health and behavioral issues.

The facility is new construction on UMFS’s 33-acre campus at 3900 W. Broad St., which is the headquarters for the organization that also has operations elsewhere in the state.

The center cost about $11 million and has capacity for 50 children in five suites that each have 10 private bedrooms. Each suite has a common area, kitchen, group therapy room and other facilities. The 24-hour center offers psychiatry, verbal and non-verbal therapy and social work among other services.

The Child & Family Healing Center is a 33,600-square foot residential treatment facility for children with mental health and behavioral issues.

“This building represents our best and most informed effort to provide young people with the resources they deserve so they can focus their full attention on healing,” UMFS President and CEO Nancy Toscano said in her remarks during the ceremony.

The nonprofit, which was founded in Richmond in 1900, provides its foster care and other services to children ages 11 to 17.

Kenbridge Construction was the general contractor for the center’s construction. RRMM Architects designed the facility.

The center comes as the first part of a two-phase campus overhaul that UMFS has planned since 2014.

The new center features private bedrooms in suite-style accommodations for 50 children.

“What you see, what you’re sitting in, is eight years of dreaming and planning and strategizing.” Toscano said. “Some of the earliest consultants were the kids. They expressed their desire for lots of outdoor space, privacy and big TVs.”

The new facility replaces a group of five cottages that were built in the 1950s and had a 40-resident capacity. One cottage has been demolished already, and the remaining four are slated for demolition to make way for an expansion project at the Charterhouse School, which is home to UMFS’s K-12 educational program for children with special needs.

That $9 million project is expected to break ground this summer and will add new classrooms among other improvements to the school.

In addition to the new facilities, UMFS is also improving other parts of its campus as part of the overall project, Toscano said.

The more than $20 million undertaking is being funded through an ongoing capital campaign and proceeds from the nonprofit’s land-lease agreement with Spy Rock Real Estate, which has built the Ella mixed-use development on UMFS land fronting Broad Street.

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