Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic breaks ground on recovery house

A 12-bed housing unit for women recovering from substance abuse is being built in Youngstown

The Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic is adding a fourth recovery house for people in the early stages of recovery from substance abuse.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic is adding a fourth recovery house for people in the early stages of recovery from substance abuse.

The project got underway Tuesday at Neil Kennedy’s main campus in Youngstown.

The Pugh, Cinelli, Wang, and Gerberry House will be a 12-bed recovery housing unit for women. It’s a place where they can go to get away from the clinic but still get counseling and treatment.

“Every day we hear about the tragic devastation the drug addiction epidemic is causing individuals and families in Ohio, as well as our own community.  The Pugh, Cinelli, Wang and Gerberry House demonstrates that, in the face of adversity, the generosity of the human spirit allows hope to rise,” said Carolyn Givens, executive vice president of the Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers.

The house is being named in honor of four doctors and will try to follow the success of other homes built the last two years.

“Each house that we build is another eight to 12 people that we can help with that transition. Without that transition, the relapse rate is shockingly high,” said Board Emeritus Dr. Albert Cinelli.

The new $380,000 home is already paid for, before building even begins. The recovery house was made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and contributions from the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation and an anonymous donor.

It should be finished by April.

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