The Josselyn Center’s grand reopening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 was an ideal opportunity for North Shore residents and healthcare professionals to see the incredible transformation of our facility
The Josselyn Center’s grand reopening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 was an ideal opportunity for North Shore residents and healthcare professionals to see the incredible transformation of our facility.
“This top to bottom renovation of our facility is part of our strategic plan to provide a compassionate space that supports our diverse programming and the growing mental health needs of our community,” according to Josselyn President Susan Resko.
In many ways the grand reopening was more than an open house, it was also a celebration of The Josselyn Center’s resiliency and progress. Josselyn raised over $3 million for the renovation in just two short years, through the unwavering support of foundations and individuals from all over the North Shore and Chicagoland.
Working with Designs 4 Dignity, a nonprofit based in Chicago that offers pro bono design services, The Josselyn Center transformed its tired and outdated 1969 building into a cheerful therapeutic space that feels peaceful, calm and safe.
The new renovation also supports the nonprofit’s expanded programming, such as The Living Room and Drop-In Center, a therapeutic alternative to the emergency room, and an Art Therapy Room.
“Not only does the renovation provide more space and the tools we need to do our job well, it is also an uplifting space designed to honor and respect our clients,” Resko said.
The Josselyn Center serves a wide range of people from 67 communities across the North Shore and Northwest suburbs, extending up to the Wisconsin border. Its support runs deep on the North Shore too, with board members and donors largely from Winnetka and Kenilworth, as well as other North Shore communities including Wilmette and Northfield.
Its junior board draws from New Trier High School, Loyola Academy, Stevenson High School and Lake Forest High School. A strong youth board reflects The Josselyn Center’s decades-long commitment to supporting youth — Dotty Palombo, formerly the executive director of the nonprofit, incubated several well-known North Shore youth organizations including the Glencoe Junior High Project, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook and Haven Youth and Family Services in Wilmette.
This renovation couldn’t be more timely given the current mental health crisis in the youth population. The Josselyn Center is booming with no signs of slowing down. In just the past two years, clients served increased from 1,100 to more than 1,500.
“Our teens are increasingly demanding these services. There is a deep rooted need for mental health resources in our communities and we can’t move fast enough to address these needs,” Resko said.