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May 18, 2022
Gavin Foundation Upgrades Kitchen with Pro-Bono Help
Gavin Foundation

May 14, 2022 — The Gavin Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides adult, youth, and community substance abuse education, prevention, and treatment programs, recently completed a $300,000 upgrade to its kitchen space, a collaboration involving donated services from four companies, which has led to increased comfort and care of patients in recovery.

The updated Quincy facility will allow the Gavin Foundation to prepare nutritionally appropriate meals using fresh food, which it noted aids in the recovery process. Many detox facilities, in contrast, rely largely on catered and frozen foods.

John McGahan, president and chief executive officer of the Gavin Foundation, said, “Our patients and staff couldn’t be happier” with the results.

Key to the project were the pro-bono design services of RODE architects, foodservice planning advice from Real-Foods, mechanical and electrical engineering services from BLW Engineers, and permitting process and construction oversight services from Bald Hill Builders, which served as the general contractor.

The impetus for the project came from McGahan, who has a food service background and felt the time was right to upgrade the Quincy facility.

RODE brought together the rest of the team of experts to renovate the kitchen space without interrupting meal services during the process. They assessed current conditions and studied alternatives for expanding or reconfiguring the basement food preparation area on a low- to no-cost budget through multiple revisions. Ultimately, it was concluded that expanding the lower-level food preparation area would make it more versatile and efficient without cutting into critically needed recovery bed space.

The first-floor kitchen maintained its footprint, but most of the cooking equipment was replaced and reconfigured. In addition, a new exhaust system and an expanded cooking line were added.

The foundation said its Quincy facility now employs nutrition more effectively in treatment, noting that staff morale has increased as a result.

“When we find opportunities like this to use our design skills and expertise in such an impactful way, we don’t hesitate to dive in. In this case, renovating a kitchen and food prep area in a complex facility fit right into what we regularly do for our hospitality clients,” Kevin Deabler, co-founder and principal of RODE Architects.

Established in 1963, the Gavin Foundation employs around 400 people who serve more than 10,000 people annually. In addition to providing recovery services, the foundation provides residences for graduates of several of its homes. It also hosts a youth summits program aimed at increasing opioid awareness among educate middle and high school students and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

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