Our Investment, Their Future
A PREMIER FAMILY CENTER AND A NEW STATE-OF-THE ART RESIDENTIAL COTTAGE
Our vision to take Bonnie Brae into the next century is bold. We’ve made significant investments over the last few years, but our planned renovation and construction project marks a milestone on our path to an even better future. These next two urgent on-campus priorities are: repurposing a historic cottage into a premier Family Center; and the construction of a new state-of-the-art Residential Cottage for 12 young men.
Our role in helping the boys and young men we serve, is based on a well-established formula of care, which heals families. Typically, 62% of our young men come from some type of supportive family system, and we hope to do more for these families and we want to do it better. Currently, we are limited by insufficient space to fully address family dynamics in ways that foster even greater progress and success.
“We want to be a resource for you and your families in our next 100 years.”
Paul D. Rieger, MSW, Chief Executive Officer
Want to Learn More?
Download our CASE FOR SUPPORT or contact David Fox at 908-647-8803.
October 10th: Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Aug 30, 2019
On Thursday, October 10th at 3:00PM Bonnie Brae will host a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the new Osborne Family Resource Center and Conscious Kids Cottage.
The celebration will take place at Bonnie Brae's Liberty Corner Campus at 3415 Valley Road and will include an official Ribbon Cutting, Naming Ceremony, Refreshments, and Tours.
Bonnie Brae began its second century with a bold vision to transform more lives-- not only of at-risk New Jersey families and youth currently eligible for Bonnie Brae's intensive services-- but the lives of families in the Somerset area and beyond who are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges.
Named for Bonnie Brae's founding family, The Osborne Family Resource Center will provide Bonnie Brae with the space to maximize progress for each young man and his family while also offering Bonnie Brae the opportunity to expand into the community, helping families struggling with the myriad of issues Bonnie Brae has expertise in treating. The first floor has a large open area for young men and their families to visit comfortably with one another and enjoy meals together. There are four private areas for family visitation, as well as family therapy rooms on the main and upper levels. Warm, inviting space in the Admissions area will allow us to better welcome young men into the community during an often-traumatic time in their lives. The lower level has a training space where Bonnie Brae will facilitate the more than 200 trainings per year Bonnie Brae provides for its staff, as well trainings for other providers and community partners. Finally, the Family Resource Center will also include Bonnie Brae Legacy Space, which will serve as a center for our alumni and their families.
Named for Conscious Kids transformational commitment to Bonnie Brae, the Conscious Kids Cottage has been designed to offer the highest quality living environment to maximize positive growth for each young man. The Cottage has a large space for activities, 12 private rooms for additional residents, a clinician’s office, and two laundry rooms. Two porches will allow our young men to enjoy our beautiful campus.
If you would like to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony, please RSVP to Maureen Hunt at 908-647-4700, email@example.com .
OUR GOAL IS TO CREATE A PREMIER FACILITY FOR FAMILIES, THE BEST OF ITS KIND IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY
FAMILY MEETING SPACE
Young men and families will visit in an ideal environment closely modeled upon home-life. The Family Meeting Space will have four private areas for family visits, where parents or families can spend time with sons or brothers, see progress and have meaningful dialogue. Because of insufficient space, currently we cannot maximize potential for family progress. Most weekends, there are 20 or more family members gathered in cramped office spaces throughout the campus.
PRIVATE THERAPY ROOMS
Our staff and counselors will be able to offer a more professional and holistic experience of family therapy in a space conducive to positive, healthy family interactions. The Family Therapy Rooms will also give us the ability to bring Bonnie Brae staff together to review issues, chronicle progress, strengthen communication, and deepen the understanding of our young men’s treatment plans. These meetings are critical to the development of our residents, to their families’ involvement in their growth, and to sustainable family relationships after leaving Bonnie Brae.
COMPASSIONATE ADMISSIONS CARE
Warm, inviting space will better allow us to welcome young men into the Bonnie Brae community during an often traumatic time in their lives.
Education space would allow us to share with larger Northern New Jersey communities our expertise from 100 years of experience. Typical classes/workshops might be on: blended families; adolescent mental health; foster care; health and wellness; as well as professional training for staff and internships for students from local colleges and graduate schools.
POTENTIAL OUTPATIENT SERVICES
We are assessing opportunities to provide select outpatient services.
WELCOMING LEGACY SPACE
Alumni and their families would be able to share memories with each other and other residents in a new Welcome Center with extraordinary displays highlighting our 100–year history. There will be space to share memories, renew friendships and to interact creatively with Bonnie Brae’s history and legacy, as well as meet current staff.
"THE WORK WE DO WITH YOUTH AND FAMILIES IS EXPONENTIAL: when we change a family, they go back into a community and engender change, and that change ultimately gets paid forward...In my 25 years we have tripled the number of young men and families that we work with, and while I am grateful for the resources we have, I am a realist to know that we can do better.”
Jamie Rau, MSW, Bonnie Brae Clinical Director
THE NEW RESIDENTIAL COTTAGE
THE NEW RESIDENTIAL COTTAGE
A stellar reputation, an exceptional track record and a legacy of distinction cannot help but result in even higher expectations and increased demand. Bonnie Brae is almost always filled to capacity and there is often a wait list. Since 2015, we are serving more boys on our main campus, and now we need additional living space! A new state-of-the-art Residential Cottage for 12 young men will provide more space to live, heal and grow.
“Cottage Life” plays a vital role in the growth and success of each young man. Bonds are formed between residents and cottage staff as they work through issues together, creating a healthy environment that cultivates positive growth and success. When a young man enters the Bonnie Brae community, expectations are set from day one and he is responsible for: actively participating in the physical care of his cottage; being respectful of others in his cottage; participating in daily “group” sessions where he receives feedback — both positive and negative — from his peers; and participating in team-building activities, which contribute to an atmosphere of pride and ownership.
Our new Residential Cottage will allow us to meet our expectations for a quality living environment, and offer the space and amenities to maximize positive growth and change for each young man. In the words of our Residential Director, Phil Errico, who has been with us for over 30 years, “The cottage will strike a nice balance between interaction and privacy,” offering large space for activities, 12 private bedrooms, a clinician’s office, and two laundry rooms. This “balance” will allow us to better address our residents’ emotional and behavioral challenges in a natural and holistic way. The cottage will also enhance our ability to offer multiple programs for the residents at the same time. There are even two porches for boys to sit and enjoy the beautiful views of our campus!