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Statements from Narrowsburg School bidders

June 23, 2014

This is a June 23 statement from Changes Treatment Center regarding their purchase of the Narrowsburg School.

First, Changes would like to thank the Sullivan West Central School Board for all of their
hard work and time spent, it was no easy task knowing how people felt to make this decision.

Secondly, we would like to clear up some of the confusion and misconception that we have been reading about:

Yes, we are a for profit facility and will be paying taxes. We will be providing employment for professionals, para-professionals and staff at wages reflective of their education, training and skills in the long run and for construction and related building trades in the short run. Our facility is monitored 24 hours a day,7 days a week, so please do not compare us to the Kelly’s home. Our facility is much different than the Kelly's home facility and their clients who suffer from mental illness and who are wards of the state quite possibly because their drug or alcohol addictions were never treated. We take recovery very seriously and are committed to helping those that want to recover and lead a productive and sober life. We read a comment, “no rehab in my backyard” so if we all do nothing about it, we won’t have a rehab in our backyards, we will have addicts. Our facility is built around clients who need help and voluntarily enter our facility in search of the ability to free themselves from the clutches of addiction.

Currently, Changes has 30 beds and offers programs for partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programming all at our Fort Lauderdale facility. We are a family owned and operated facility that chooses to remain small and intimate which allows us to have the ability to provide individualized care and personal attention to each of our clients. We strongly believe that this approach sets us apart from other facilities and is one of the many reasons we have achieved such a high success rate of client recovery, maintained abstinence and client and family satisfaction. All members of our family are involved one way or another in Changes, we wouldn’t put our family in danger and won’t certainly put yours in danger.

Statement of June 23 from Brendan and Kathy Weiden

It is now widely known that we were outbid in the competition for the Narrowsburg School Building. Our bid was $742,000 vs our competitors’ bid of $751,000; a difference of a mere 1.2%. Although the Sullivan West School District Administration and Board consistently referred, throughout the bidding process, to their “fiduciary duty” as appointed and elected decision makers, it saddens us to learn that they apparently believe such a duty allows them to be deaf to the interests of the residents of Narrowsburg, and the Town of Tusten, for the price of $9,000.
If ever there were two polar opposite views of the future of an important building, this is such a case.

As the largest building in the center of a small hamlet, the future of the Narrowsburg School building will drive the future of the Hamlet of Narrowsburg and the Town of Tusten. In a broader way, the School Board’s decision will affect all of the river communities on both sides of the Delaware.

We hope that all parties will come to the realization that there is an appropriate place within a town for different building functions. We hope that if the Butos are intent on bringing a drug and alcohol treatment facility to the Delaware Valley, that they operate it as the high-end residential-only facility they initially described in the media, and that they find a location where their business can flourish for their personal benefit, and yet be a positive economic force for the benefit of their neighbors in Tusten and Narrowsburg.

We continue to look forward to the day when the Hamlet of Narrowsburg can take pride in the use of an important building that both respects the building’s past, and provides opportunities for full time and part time residents to come together in pursuit of education, recreation and business, and for community gatherings.