Beacon Center Relocates to Larger Accommodations
In November of 2008, Beacon Center relocated its outpatient substance-abuse treatment clinic from 430 North Main Street in Herkimer to 210 South Main Street, Herkimer. This move was arranged to accommodate the demand for Beacon Center’s services, which was larger than was initially anticipated when the present office first began accepting clients in October of 2007.
At the time Beacon Center opened its doors at the original Herkimer location, Ed Scudder, Herkimer County’s Commissioner of Mental Health, noted, “We are very happy and excited to know that Beacon Center has opened a local site. We look forward to its success in serving people in our community.” The success that the Commissioner envisioned has made it necessary for Beacon Center to seek a more spacious site early in its foray into Herkimer County.
Beacon Center operates eight substance-abuse facilities in New York State. Owner Faith Nichols Peterson, a Herkimer native, opened the first agency location in suburban Buffalo in June of 1990 with three employees. Since that time, Beacon Center has grown to eight sites—seven outpatient substance-abuse treatment agencies and one supportive living home—and approximately 75 employees, guiding the way to a lifetime of sobriety for countless clients over the years. One of Western New York’s largest woman-owned businesses, Beacon Center’s philosophy is that chemical dependency is a highly treatable disease and that all clients should be treated with dignity and respect with the goal of restoring their lives. The agency offers a range of services from evaluations, which include drug and alcohol testing, to individual, group, and family counseling. It also offers specialized treatment programs designed to address individual needs, such as a Young Adult Program and a program called “Women in Trauma.” Families are always encouraged to participate in the client’s recovery. Anyone wishing to make an appointment can call Beacon Center at (315) 717-0189.