Boys Village steadily recovering from fire

February 3, 2011 at 2:21 am

The rebuilding progress in the months since the administrative building at Boys and Girls Villages burned down has been slow and steady.

Executive director Max Matheiu said the biggest issue has been the loss of all personnel records.

“We’ve spent the past couple of months trying to get copies of all the staff’s training, like CPR and crisis intervention, and the kids’ medical records,” Matheiu said.

He said the paperwork is required for the facility to maintain its state license.

The cause of the Nov. 4 fire was listed as undetermined by the State Fire Marshal’s Office because damage was so widespread, Matheiu said.

“The main thing was that we were able to keep all of our programs operating without missing any days of service to the kids,” Matheiu said.

The facility hosts about 20 children at any given time and offers residential treatment with family or group therapy and cognitive behavior programs to teach the young residents self-control.

“In our transitional school, we offer tutoring and focus on literacy and math skills,” Mathieu said.

A fire recovery fund is set up at Cameron State Bank. Matheiu said most of the funds from it will be used to put up a new building and to purchase office equipment.

Barry King, who is on the board of directors, has designed a new building. The Old Bell Mansion, which was built in 1951, had served as the administrative building, Mathieu said.

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