Baltimore, Maryland (July 15, 2020) – Tuerk House, a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment system serving the most disadvantaged members of the Greater Baltimore community, has been awarded a signature grant of $700,000 from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States. The funds will be used to support a $2.7 million Phase II renovation project at the main Tuerk House campus on Ashburton Street in West Baltimore, which will include a new 6,380 sq. ft, two-floor addition to be known as The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Wing.
The Weinberg Wing will be anchored by a new dining hall and large, 104-seat communal dining and meeting space that will serve Tuerk House residents and staff. The new addition will also feature two new residential suites, creating space for an additional 10 beds for individuals in need of in-patient treatment. Work on the project is expected to begin in August and to be completed by April 2021.
“Once again, our organization is expressing our profound gratitude to the Weinberg Foundation for gifting us with an award that will truly be life-changing for people seeking enduring recovery,” said Bernard Gyebi-Foster, M.A., L.C.P.C, Tuerk House Executive Director. “Addiction to alcohol, opioids and other substances continues to be one of the greatest challenges impacting our Greater Baltimore community. Last year, Tuerk House cared for 2,679 patients, regardless of their ability to pay, and with our continued expansion, we will reach even more. Every single bed we are able to add because of the support of our generous funders creates a new opportunity to save someone’s life.”
In addition to the grant from the Weinberg Foundation, Tuerk House has also received support for this project from the Abell Foundation and the Middendorf Foundation. These grant opportunities were made possible by an initial seed grant from the Maryland Department of Health.
The $10.2 million renovation project to transform Tuerk House’s decades-old facility into a state-of-the-art addiction treatment center will be completed in four total phases by 2022. Phase I of the project, which created an all-new residential area and added 24 additional patient beds on the building’s third floor, was completed last fall. Tuerk House is seeking donations to fund the project’s completion. Donations can be made online at TuerkHouse.org.
About Tuerk House
Celebrating its 50th year in 2020, Tuerk House transforms lives by providing help and hope for enduring recovery to individuals, families and communities in the Baltimore metropolitan area who are struggling with addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. A subsidiary of Total Health Care, Tuerk House’s non-profit drug and alcohol treatment system serves nearly 300 patients a day, regardless of their ability to pay, through an innovative, integrated model of care that encompasses all aspects of recovery.