Link to PDF version is at the bottom of the expanded Annual Report 2010
by Mark Slavit COLUMBIA, MO. — People being treated for alcohol and drug abuse have a new place to find help. Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid led a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of Phoenix Programs’ new facility. Federal grants and donations helped pay for the $4.7 million building that actually opened last year. The facility sits near the corner of Providence Road and Vandiver Drive across the street from Wilson’s Total Fitness. About 40 Phoenix Programs counselors provide services to about 2,000 people with addictions to drugs and alcohol. The 28,000-square-foot facility replaces three smaller Phoenix Programs Inc.
COLUMBIA — Phoenix Programs celebrated the official opening of its new facility on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Bob McDavid, Ambassadors Chairwoman Keri Tipton of the Chamber of Commerce and Phoenix Programs Executive Director Deborah Beste together used a pair of oversize scissors to cut through the ribbon, which marked not only the opening of Phoenix Programs’ new facility but also the kickoff of Recovery Month. Phoenix Programs is a nonprofit organization that provides treatment for Columbia residents with addictions to alcohol and other substances. The new facility at 90 E. Leslie Lane is a consolidation of two other previous Phoenix Programs locations,
Jane Suarez, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor I at Phoenix Programs, enlisted the help of daughter Ashley Drissell to harness the skills of MU art students in creating a piece of public art that captures the spirit of the recovery community. Drissell teaches a first year ceramics class at the University of Missouri and this year the students decided that they wanted to design and donate a large piece of public art to the community; providing them with practical experience designing and presenting a piece. Drissell’s connection to Phoenix Programs made them an obvious choice. “My love of art, music, and dance…keeps me