On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 about 150 people gathered to be part of the dedication of the newest Men’s Recovery Housing in Berks County: Camp Joy. The Open House ran from 2 – 6 p.m. with a dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. The ceremony included remarks from Drew Eisenhauer, George Vogel, COCA Executive Director, Christian Leinbach, County Commissioner Chair, Kevin Barnhardt, County Commissioner , Dr. Edward Michalik, Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities, Kim Johnson, President/CEO of the YMCA of Reading and Berks County, past residents of Men’s Recovery Housing in Berks, and a current resident at Camp Joy. Throughout the afternoon those who attended were encouraged to take a tour of the facility and to talk with current residents and staff at Camp Joy. Thank you to all those who attended to welcome this new facility!
CLICK HERE to learn more about Camp Joy and to watch a video about the history of recovery housing in Berks County.
Camp Joy is owned by Berks County, funded by the Council on Chemical Abuse and operated by the YMCA of Reading and Berks County. The facility underwent construction for about a year, starting in early winter 2013 and finishing in November 2014. Camp Joy opened with just 2 residents, and on the day of the open house had 18. The original design of the first floor was just 2 large rooms, now there are enough rooms to hold up to 20 residents. Watch a video of the construction below: