Drug maker gives building to nonprofit


Courtesy Perrigo

A drug manufacturer has donated a building to a nonprofit that offers assistance to abused and neglected children.

Perrigo donated a building appraised at $320,000 to Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center in Allegan, according to the company last week.

The nonprofit plans to renovate and move into the 6,000-square-foot building, at 102 Brady St. in Allegan, from its existing 2,400-square-foot building located at 402 Trowbridge St. in Allegan.

The move will give the nonprofit more space for counseling rooms, forensic interviews and a medical suite.

Lori Antkoviak, executive director of Safe Harbor, said the current space is too small, so staff can only serve three clients at a time.

Also, certain rooms are being used for more than their intended purpose. Counseling rooms double as offices, and the observation room doubles as a conference room, for example. There are eight staff and only five offices

Following an $850,000 renovation, the larger space will allow the organization to spread out and give staff the ability serve more clients.

Multiple counseling and child interview rooms will be designed for clients of various ages. There will be rooms dedicated to art therapy, play therapy, a medical suite and an interview observation room for law enforcement and child protective services.

Safe Harbor is raising money for the renovation, which it plans to start in April and finish in the fall.

The building has been in Perrigo’s possession for many decades. Perrigo began renovating the building in 2017 with the intent to make it ready for public use instead of commercial work.

“Perrigo acted on a unique opportunity to make this building available to Safe Harbor,” said Tom Farrington, chief information officer at Perrigo and president of Perrigo’s charitable foundation.

“The building’s size and location, along with its adjoining parking lot, create an ideal setting for Safe Harbor to serve its clients.”

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