Pathfinder@50 Campaign Launches
KSAL Staff - April 24, 2014 11:19 am
Les Sperling from Central Kansas Foundation speaks Thursday morning.
An effort to expand a Salina organization that cooperates with multiple agencies in treating substance abuse is underway.
Officials from Central Kansas Foundation were joined by representatives of Salina Regional Health Center, Salina Family Health Center, USD 305, community corrections, and Child Advocacy and Parenting Services at an event to launch the public portion of the Pathfinder@50 campaign.
Through the campaign, Central Kansas Foundation’s goals include expanding residential detoxification services. The hope is to expand current “bed space” by thirty percent, or ten beds and add a medical treatment room and a 24/7 physician’s office. The project would cost $1.5 million. The organization also hopes to fund a $500,000 Pathfinder Recovery Center.
Prior to the launch of the public campaign, donors had already pledged over $985,000.
To jumpstart the public campaign, CKF announced details of a $200,000 challenge from the Tulsa, OK based J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. To fulfill the challenge grant, Central Kansas Foundation will need to raise approximately $400,000 by December 31, 2014.
The Central Kansas Foundation was established in 1967. It exists to fight the cycle of addiction and abuse that destroys not only the addict, but those around them. It is the goal of CKF to support recovery through the lifespan and to celebrate each person’s unique path to recovery. For recovery to occur, addicts need an opportunity to detox, heal, develop hope and move forward with their lives.
Since its inception, CKF has treated more than 36,000 people. Twice that many, mostly school-aged children, have benefited from education and prevention programming offered by CKF. Clients come from not just Salina, but surrounding counties such as Dickinson, McPherson, Ottawa and others.
CKF is also the only non-profit provider in a 90 mile radius offering detoxification services, for both men and women. It is also 1 of only 5 treatment centers in Kansas that offer this service. As such, CKF is consistently called upon to accept additional patients. Unfortunately, demand sometimes exceeds bed capacity. In fact last year, CKF saw a 470% increase of those needing detoxification services in their Residential Treatment Dormitory.