Senator Pat Browne and state legislators help secure $1 million in grant funding for the project.
New Vitae Wellness and Recovery recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Browne Cottage, a new living space for individuals at New Vitae’s Mount Trexler Manor/Action Recovery site in Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County. The cottage is part of a new project to provide more housing options for veterans and others looking for progressive brain injury care in home-like settings.
Senator Pat Browne and state legislators helped New Vitae to secure $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant funding for the project to make this vision a reality. The state’s RACP grant program supports economic, cultural, and civic improvement projects that have a widespread impact and generate or sustain jobs and economic activity.
“The value of the important work New Vitae Wellness and Recovery does day-in and day-out to help those with brain injuries cannot be overstated,” Senator Pat Browne said. “I have been proud to support their mission, and I want to thank their leadership and dedicated staff for all of their efforts in helping this vulnerable community.”
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, New Vitae presented Senator Browne and his wife, Heather Browne, with a dedication plaque. Tours of the new facility were also offered to all attendees.
“We are excited to open Browne Cottage and offer individuals a comforting environment where they can focus on healing and wellness,” said Judith O. Yanacek, president and CEO of New Vitae Wellness and Recovery. “These cottages will provide a safe space where individuals can continue along the road to recovery through integrated brain injury rehabilitation and mental health care. We look forward to providing them with the support they deserve, and we thank Senator Pat Browne for organizing generous state support of this cottage.”
The eight-bed cottages at Mount Trexler Manor will offer the safety and structure provided by 24/7 staffing while encouraging and supporting each individual’s progress toward their self-defined life goals. Each cottage will be self-sufficient and ADA accessible, with bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry facilities, a medication room, a kitchen, a community area, a learning lab, and smart technology.