AURORA, IL – Gateway Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides addiction treatment for adults, is growing. The center, with a facility in Aurora, received $9.2 million in state funding to build a 32-room recovery home, officials said.
The Gateway Foundation Aurora Treatment Center, located at 400 Mercy Lane, is one of 16 community treatment centers in Illinois. The new 18,777 square foot rehab home will be fully ADA compliant and will include a reception area, private family meeting room, kitchen and dining area, and residential wing. Patients will find consultation rooms, a group room and common area, suites and an outdoor area.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for September, officials said.
“The expansion of our Aurora facility and the development of Recovery Home services add an additional component of care in our efforts to help the citizens of Illinois in the fight against addiction,” said Marc Turner, president and chief of the interim leadership of the Gateway Foundation, in a statement. “This state funding allows us to treat even more patients in the western suburbs, giving them a foundation for a strong recovery.”
Foundation leadership, staff and alumni along with local and local elected officials gathered in Aurora on Wednesday to celebrate the funds, which came from a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
State Representative Barbara Hernandez shared her remarks at the event and spoke about the importance of the expansion.
“We must continue to provide addiction treatment services that bring dignity and respect to the citizens of Illinois,” Hernandez said. “We need more funds to go towards recovery and treatment, not for incarceration and prisons.”