Chaddock announces campus expansion
Chaddock is beginning a new era of growth with the planned construction of a new school on their 32-acre campus in Quincy, IL.
This $12 million project will replace the current K-12 education facility. It will allow Chaddock to dramatically increase the number of children they’re currently able to serve, pave the way for the construction of more residential cottages, and set the stage for the development of a national training facility for mental health professionals on their campus.
The new school is designed to meet the special sensory and therapeutic needs of Chaddock’s student population, and will be roughly double the size of their current facility.
Education continues to grow at Chaddock
Jerry Douglas makes his way through the hallways of Chaddock School as students change classes. He’s greeted with a few smiles, some hellos and even a couple of high fives. Jerry is Chaddock’s Director of Education and Principal of the school.
Douglas knows that for some of the students, having direct interaction with adults in a positive way can be very trying. But breaking down barriers that some of them have built between themselves and adults, is exactly what Chaddock is trying to do.
Located in Quincy Illinois, Chaddock has become an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of children suffering from the effects of extreme abuse, trauma and neglect. They provide residential, therapeutic, and educational service to children ages 8-21.
Chaddock Nurse Uses Healing Touch
Marilyn Vincent has seen many ways of treating people in a medical environment since she became a nurse more than 40 years ago. But it was eight years ago when Vincent was introduced to a new way of helping people and now she has embraced that treatment method. Today she is one of its few nationally recognized practitioners.
It’s called Healing Touch.
Healing Touch focuses on using a person’s own energy field to help heal themselves. Vincent said Healing Touch utilizes gentle touch to help balance your own mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs and well-being.
Chaddock Rings Bells for Salvation Army
Although the holiday season is wrapped up for most everyone, the Quincy Salvation Army made it a point to thank the students and staff of Chaddock for helping them with their annual Kettle campaign.
For six Saturdays in November and December, cottage residents manned one of the donation kettles in Quincy. Kids took turns manning the kettle during the two-hour shift.
Pam Sheely, the Therapeutic Activities Manager at Chaddock, helps organize the yearly volunteer effort.
“We’ve done this for the Salvation Army for many years. Each year, the kids know this is just one of the ways that they give back to the community,” said Sheely. She added, “this is just part of the way we teach the kids and let them learn about volunteerism and helping out.”
Chaddock cottages celebrate Christmas
The children who live at Chaddock got to celebrate Christmas a few days early this year. You could smell the aromas of baked chicken, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pecan pie wafting through the air the minute you entered each cottage.
Each cottage, with their residents and staff, hosted their own Christmas party.
Ryan Brown is the Associate Director of Residential Services at Chaddock. He said the early Christmas parties go along with what the staff is trying to do throughout the year. “These parties give the kids a sense of what the family unit is all about and that we want to continue building relationships and continue that bond,” said Brown.