Project Rehab Marks Anniverary

    GRAND RAPIDS — Project Rehab, a prevention and treatment facility for those experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs, celebrated its 35th anniversary last night, with Gov. Jennifer Granholm in attendance at Fredrik Meijer Gardens.

    The governor, along with community leaders, board members and recipients of Project Rehab’s services, gathered to toast the organization that was founded in Grand Rapids in 1968 by Dr. William Kooistra, a clinical psychologist, and Dr. Chet Maternoski, a physician, to respond to the growing problem of addiction in the community.

    Over the years, Project Rehab has developed into a statewide organization providing a full continuum of prevention and treatment services to persons and communities experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs.

    Project Rehab has given special attention in its development to provide services to under-served populations, including culturally specific services for ethnic and racial minorities, women, adolescents and individuals involved in the criminal justice system. The organization has services in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Saginaw, Holland, Grand Haven, Ionia, Stanton, Baldwin and Ludington.

    In May, Project Rehab acquired Life Guidance Services, an organization with a 107-year history of offering comprehensive mental health, substance abuse and holistic health care services in West Michigan. The organizations combined the missions and board strengths to expand and integrate a more complete continuum of mental health and substance abuse services.

    Project Rehab works with approximately 7,000 individuals annually.           

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