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Friday, November 15, 2013

FRENCHTOWN KISS: Per Wickstrom Tours Monroe County's Former "Boysville" Center. Is This The New Home of A Forever Recovery-Monroe County?

The Monroe News reported on Wednesday that Per Wickstrom is considering opening a clinic in Monroe County's Frenchtown Township. As your girl Miss Fortune reported on August 10, Wickstrom's expansion plans have only just begun to pick up steam...and it looks like this train just keeps a rollin'!

Wickstrom toured the vacant Boysville Center on Tuesday afternoon. The building, which for­merly housed young crimi­nal offenders and is owned by Catholic Charities of Monroe, is located in Frenchtown Township at 3500 Comboni Way.

The two- story facility sits on 56 acres and en­compasses more than 41,000 square feet of space, includ­ing a kitchen, sleeping quar­ters, gymnasium and class­rooms.

The asking price is $ 1.5 million, according to Joe Rosenberg of CBRE Realtors of Southfield, which is listing the property.

In the article, Wickstrom stated, “This would be a perfect affordable health- care fa­cility. I like it. I think we definitely can work with this.”

Moore,  Wickstrom, Demers
The idea to pitch the proj­ect to A Forever Recovery was developed by Monroe resident Sean Jordan, a West Point graduate and former NFL football player with the Dallas Cowboys. Jordan is Moore's busi­ness partner.

The two former players teamed with April Demers of the Monroe County Sub­stance Abuse Coalition to bring Mr. Wickstrom and his associates to tour Boysville. 
Ms. Demers said Harbor Light is the only in- patient, long- term rehab facility in Monroe County and another affordable facility is needed to help address the growing problem of heroin.

Ms. Demers could not hide her enthusiasm for the possibility of Boysville being converted into a rehabilitation center. 

“ I love it already,” she gushed, standing outside the building that is surrounded by mature hardwood trees and soccer fields. “ What a perfect therapeutic environment. We absolutely need something like this.”

The two former football players run a consulting firm — Tru Rehab Centers — that links businesses "willing to invest in areas that have substance abuse issues". 

We need help in Monroe,” Mr. Jordan said. “It seems like it would be a great fit.” Mr. Moore, 44, a record-setting receiver and four time Pro Bowl player who was with the Lions from 1991 to 2001, said he dedicated much of his time to helping Michigan’s young people overcome addiction. If the project at Boysville becomes a reality, Mr. Moore said he will commit to Monroe to offer whatever help he can. 

Monroe looks like the perfect playground for Wickstrom and his ballers. Ms. Demers said Monroe has the highest rate of heroin addiction per capita in Michigan. 

“ That is amazing considering the size of the community,” Mr. Moore said. The two football players said they can use their professional athletic histories to help reach out to addicted young adults. 

“ Kids gravitate to athletes,” Mr. Moore said. “It’s a way for us to get the message out.”

Although the Monroe News said Wickstrom was enthusiastic about the possibilities of establishing a facility in the community, he indicated much has to be accomplished before patients can begin treatment. Wickstrom said the building needs to be inspected before he can consider even making an offer. 


However, he and others who took the tour Tuesday were impressed with the condition even though it has been empty for two years or more.


Wickstrom said most of the repairs "appear cosmetic" and he is planning to pursue the possibility of moving forward, exclaiming, “It’s very close to being viable.”  


The Monroe News appeared to parrot Wickstromworld's party line, describing A Forever Recovery as using "a five- phase program to overcome addiction where patients can stay anywhere from 60 to 120 days. It can be a faith-based treatment program, but the degree of spirituality is up to the patient."

Wickstrom claimed in the article that he was "surprised at the scope of the heroin problem in Monroe and would like to offer his services if it can be arranged."

“It blows my mind that it’s such an epidemic,” Wickstrom said, barely able to conceal his glee. “ That’s why we need to open this facility.” 

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