Four Oaks Mason City Breaks Ground on New Building for Children with Mental Health Issues

June 5, 2014

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Four Oaks Mason City Breaks Ground on New Building for Children with Mental Health Issues Mason City, Iowa - Four Oaks Mason City broke ground June 4 on a new facility to help young children who have mental health and behavioral issues. Several community members, donors, elected officials and Four Oaks staff gathered at 80 North Eisenhower Avenue for the event that signifies another milestone for construction on the building. 

“Many of you know, our aging building on the other side of town can’t continue to meet our children’s needs,” said Mark Neibauer, Four Oaks Mason City Director of Programs. “There are better and more progressive ways to help children and this new building will help facilitate that.”

The center will be a Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC) and provide residential treatment for children ages five through 12. The buildings will be constructed on land owned by Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa.

The $3M construction project is a private/public partnership with two-thirds of the money coming from private sources (capital campaign and tax-exempt bond) and one-third from state resources. Private gifts include $300,000 from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, $75,000 from First Citizens National Bank Charitable Foundation and 18 other lead gifts of more than $10,000. The private fundraising will continue to meet the $1M goal.

“We have raised more than $800,000 from a generous community,” said Vickie Synder, one of the co-chairs of the campaign and a representative of Dean Snyder Construction, the builder on the project. “We urge the Mason City-Clear Lake community to rally support for this project and help reach our goal.” 

Four Oaks was established 40 years ago to provide residential treatment for 10 court-ordered youth. Today, Four Oaks is one of Iowa’s most recognized human service providers offering a continuum of family-based services with its affiliates, to more than 14,000 children and families within 15 communities. Four Oaks Mason City employs more than 70 full-time employees and has an economic impact in the area of more than $6M.