Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center opens new gymnasium

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A dream 30 years in the making has finally been made real in Kenai. Since its establishment in 1973, the Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center (KPCCC) has desired a place for its residents to exercise and play. With generous contributions from the KPCCC Board of Directors, Wells Fargo, and the Rasmussen Foundation, this wish was granted in early 2009 with the addition of a new gymnasium to the Kenai facility.

On March 13th 2009 KPCCC held the official grand opening of the new gym inviting the public to join in the celebration. During the event KPCCC raffled a chance to be the first to sink a shot through the new hoop. Kenai City Mayor Pat Porter and KPCCC employee Debra Kimbrell won the honors. In addition 30 year KPCCC board member Marilyn Dimmick was honored during the opening ceremony by having the emergency shelter residence named "The Dimmick Retreat."

KPCCC was founded in 1973 by a group of community volunteers concerned about homeless and run away youth. Since that time the group has greatly expanded the scope of their programs to include residential services, family preservation, and time limited services. According to Tammy Bidwell of KPCCC, the three residential homes at KPCCC can house up to 15 at-risk youths. "The emergency shelter now known as the Dimmick Retreat is a co-ed facility that provides short term care for youths who are in immediate danger of abuse, neglect, or in need of a temporary placement in which to stabilize their behaviors before transitioning to a less restrictive environment," explained Bidwell.

The facility also includes two other five-bed quarters that may be used for longer term placements. "The Billy Hardy House and Hutchings House address treatment issues such as creating positive relationships with authority figures and peers, rational problem solving, community involvement, family values, and academic success. Time limited and family preservation services provide in-home support to families who may otherwise have a child removed from their care. Parenting classes are also offered at KPCCC that provide a supportive environment for parents to learn the essential techniques for successful parenting," added Bidwell. For more information call KPCCC at 283-7635.

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