HCRS celebrated the opening and dedication of their beautiful new office building at 390 River Street in Springfield, Vermont on Thursday, August 30th. The building was dedicated to Dr. Theodore Bennett Robbins of North Pomfret. Dr. Robbins has been a psychiatrist with HCRS for 33 years.
For years, HCRS had been offering services in our communities in several small buildings throughout Windsor and Windham counties. The facilities were old, often not easily accessible and did not meet the needs of staff and clients. HCRS wanted to consolidate these facilities into one comprehensive and healthy building that identified with its overall mission.
From the onset, HCRS and the Bread Loaf Corporation, who designed and built the new facility, have been committed to not only the health and safety of the clients and staff but have been concerned with the surrounding environment as well. Bread Loaf, a full-service planning, architecture and construction firm is from Middlebury, Vermont.
Judith Hayward, CEO of HCRS, provided the welcoming address. Allen Dougherty, HCRS Board President, recognized the Board Members present including, Ginny Jenks (Woodstock), Anne Marie Hestnes-Harris, (Taftsville), Kimm Dittrich (Windsor), Carlotta and Derek Gladding (Brattleboro), and Jerold Goldberg (Brattleboro). Robert Margolin (Woodstock) was unable to attend but was thanked for his donation of all of the beverages for this event.
Dougherty stated that “The Board of Directors voted unanimously to name this wonderful building for Dr. Robbins’s in appreciation of his many years of distinguished service to the agency, the staff and the clients. Dr. Robbins has exemplified the kind of professional treatment and personal care that HCRS strives to make available to all of our clients and their families.” Dougherty thanked Dr. Robbins for his 33 years of loyal service. He also thanked Executive Director, Judith Hayward, for her vision and dedication in making the Robbins building a reality.
Dr. Robbins expressed appreciation for the acknowledgement and was overwhelmed with the standing ovation given to him by the crowd in attendance. He noted that this has been one of the most exciting projects he has seen in his thirty-three years with the agency.
Michael Hartman, Commissioner, and Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner, of the Vermont Department of Mental Health and Joan Senecal, Commissioner of the Department of Aging and Independent Living, expressed their approval of the new facility, commenting on its welcoming, respectful environment for staff and clients, noting that our clients and staff deserve such a beautiful building.
Dr. Robbins’ very young great niece and nephew from England, Isabelle and Harry Stuart, charmed the crowd as they cut the big, red ribbon that formally opened the 30,000 square foot building. Dr. Robbins was congratulated by family, friends, staff and other guests. Building tours were then given by staff and refreshments were provided.
The design and location of this new HCRS facility will enable the organization to enhance their services and it is a welcome addition to the community.