The PAYCE Foundation will match a $5 million NSW Government capital grant to expand drug and alcohol services at Adele House near Coffs Harbour in NSW with a $5.6 million contribution.
PAYCE Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan said the Government’s grant means that work could now commence immediately on building the much-needed 40-bed residential rehabilitation facility on rural land at Bucca.
Mr Sullivan said the modern $10.6 million facility would take about two years to build.
He said the announcement was a major boost for Adele which has been assisting men aged from 18 to overcome the effects of substance abuse for more than 30 years.
Adele – which currently has a 10-bed facility at Bucca – has seen an increase in the rate of clients with an addiction to ice, up from 30 per cent five years ago to 65 per cent today.
The PAYCE Foundation strongly believes disadvantage and misfortune should not limit an individual’s potential or determine their quality of life.
Mr Sullivan said Adele had a strong track record of improving the health of clients who have suffered from addiction.
“We support the Adele program because it focuses on health and wellbeing, providing clients with a pathway back to mainstream life.”
The program also teaches new life and work skills at the facility.
“This is a great example of government partnering with the charitable and not for profit sectors to deliver a good social outcome for the community,” Mr Sullivan said.
“This is a great example of government partnering with the charitable and not for profit sectors to deliver a good social outcome for the community,” Dominic Sullivan, PAYCE Foundation Director
Adele House Director Will Morgan said the State Government grant was a major boost for the organisation.
“The new facility with an extra 40 beds will mean Adele House can meet the demand for services,” he said.
“We know that we will be able to make a difference to many more lives with that extra capacity.
“Clients who complete the Adele program are free from addiction, ready to reconnect with their family and start work,” Mr Morgan said.
The PAYCE Foundation and private donors have contributed $8 million to acquire and develop an 11 hectare blueberry farm adjacent to the facility, which is currently run as a social enterprise, reducing Adele’s reliance on Government and private donations for recurrent funding.
“This state-of-the-art facility incorporates workshops for training in mechanical repairs, horticulture, metal and woodworking,” Mr Sullivan said.
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