Posted by James Pinsky, Public Affairs Specialist for USDA Rural Development in Rural
Oct 13, 2021
For people suffering from addiction, the chances of recovery are oftentimes only as good as the care they receive. And for decades, the Boxwood Recovery Center in Culpeper, Virginia struggled to provide the high-quality care it was capable of, as it operated out of a deteriorating former roadside motel and restaurant.
“Why would you walk into a depressing place when you're probably already in a bad place in your life because of your addiction?” said Kolapo Olarinde, a Program Manager at Boxwood Recovery Center.
With a desire to improve the odds of recovery for people in need, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services (RRCS), the parent nonprofit which operates Boxwood Recovery Center, asked the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for help.
Rural Development was able to help Boxwood with a $3.2 million loan through its Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant program which provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. The loan would allow the recovery center to build a state-of-the-art, 21,000 square-foot facility. Boxwood was finally going to have a center worthy of their cause.
"I don't think you can underestimate how important proper facilities are to keep people safe and in recovery," said RRCS Executive Director Jim LaGraffe.
Today, the Boxwood Recovery Center continues to help many people on their recovery journeys by offering residential alcohol and drug treatment programs with individual, family, and group counseling, educational films, lectures, and relapse prevention.
Projects like the Boxwood Recovery Center are perfect candidates for Rural Development’s Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program, part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Learn more about these grants and how they can help your community here: www.rd.usda.gov/erhc.