Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Dudley House on Way to Renewal

The appearance of an ad for a new director for Dudley House signaled a renewal of the institution's mission, now under private direction.

Formerly a city-operated agency, the house on Putnam Avenue for men with substance abuse issues failed to receive licensure under new state terms, triggering a move to privatize the operation.

The city identified Sunrise House of Lafayette, NJ as the agency to take over operations. The new director will be employed by Sunrise House.

In past testimony by graduates of the program, many individuals said their lives were saved by taking part in Dudley House residency. Although not all participants came from the city, many became residents and productive citizens, according to comments at City Council meetings in 2008 and 2009.

--Bernice Paglia


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