The opening of a veterans wellness center at the former Doreen Grace Brain Center in New Seabury has been delayed yet again.
Robert Servidori, president of the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center, confirmed last week that the Grace Veterans Center will not likely be operational until November, possibly by Veterans Day, at the earliest.
The facility, which will offer complimentary alternative medicine and holistic programs for veterans and their families, was scheduled to open in March. The center will treat victims of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries with therapies that include acupuncture, reiki, counseling, yoga, and mindfulness programs.
A major boiler fail and flood at the Seanest Drive building in October 2012, one month after the deed to the property was transferred to the veterans organization, caused more than $100,000 damage to the uninsured building. The incident has proved to be much more of an obstacle to overcome than originally thought.
“Until the building is 100 percent ready, we are not going to open. The repairs are taking longer than expected to complete, and the renovation is costing more than we were financially prepared to handle. We even mortgaged a piece of property and that wasn’t enough to pay for it,” Mr. Servidori said.
To fill the service void during the delay, Mr. Servidori said that a building on Main Street in Hyannis will serve as a temporary wellness center until the New Seabury location is ready to open its doors. The Hyannis facility is expected to be up and running next month. Once the New Seabury location is open, clients of the temporary Hyannis center will be shuttled to Mashpee to receive treatments and participate in the therapeutic programs.
Thanks to a $25,000 donation from The Golf Club of Cape Cod through The Cape Cod Foundation, the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center was able to purchase a passenger van to transport clients from Hyannis to New Seabury. The van was officially presented to the organization on Wednesday.