Washburn Center for Children to open new facility in north Minneapolis

August 20, 2013 by  

On Tuesday August 13th, a ground break ceremony was held in north Minneapolis for a new mental health center for children – the Washburn Center for Children.

The new building will be replacing its existing facility in south Minneapolis at a cost of $24.6 million. It will be a state-of-the-art facility, 55,000 square feet in size, twice that of the existing building and will incorporate more light and natural elements so that children with emotional, social and behavior problems will have a better environment in which to heal. It will also be accessible by public transportation with a completion date in the fall of 2014.

According to Steve Lepinski, executive director, many of its children have suffered from abuse, anxiety and depression, amongst other conditions, and are victims of the issues that are going on in their families. As a result, their good mental health has been obstructed, so their learning has been impaired and they are not doing well in school.

The Washburn Center for Children has a non-residential program that serves children from birth to the age of 18. On an annual basis, it provides assistance to about 2,700 children and 7,200 family members. In the past six years, in response to a growing need from the community, it has been able to double the number of children that it serves. Most of the clients of the agency are from families with low incomes, and no doubt banner printing was used throughout the area to announce to the public the planned opening of this new facility.