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Children and Families Have a New Home

By Director of Facilities and Safety Paul Becker

UCS’ newly renovated 314 Dewey Street facility is due to be completed during the month of May 2013.  This facility will house the organization’s Specialized Children’s Services division, which consists of Family Emergency Services (FES), Bennington Jobs, Teens for Change (TFC), Transitional Living Program (TLP), Family Outreach Program (FOP), Early Childhood Mental Health (CUPS), Youth Outreach Program (YOP), and youth respite services. These programs serve 1,200 individuals from Bennington County annually.

Through programming at UCS, Specialized Children’s Services give back to our community in many ways.  The individuals who partake in the Bennington Jobs program have done field maintenance at the Tropical Conservatory in Bennington as well as providing general maintenance at Lake Paran in North Bennington. Teens for Change is visibly present in our community volunteering their time and services washing local business windows, helping at non-profit events and hosting a BBQ and car wash for the Bennington Police Department and Bennington County Sheriffs, just to name a few.

Through the combined efforts of UCS, architect Jeff Goldstone, Naylor & Breen Builders, Inc. and BMA Architects and Planners, the historic 314 Dewey Street building has been incorporated into the project in order to preserve a piece of architectural history in Bennington. 

At completion of construction, the new, accessible and modern facility will total 5,460 square feet. The space consists of two large, open office work spaces, six individual offices, one conference/group room that will hold up to 25 people, and one large, multi-purpose programming space for cooking, gathering and other activities.

UCS is excited to offer both our clients and staff access to the children’s programs in one central location near our main office at 100 Ledge Hill Drive.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be scheduled in the near future.  Follow UCS on Facebook for further details. 

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