Wayne County Children and Youth Services celebrated the opening of The Hand House, a historic Victorian home located in downtown Honesdale.
Named in honor of its first proprietor, Ezra Hand and four-generations of his family owned the property and estate from 1839-1911,
The Hand House will provide a home-like setting for children, youth and families to receive visitation, parenting and independent living services. Over recent years, there has been a growing need to expand CYS programing, both in physical space and enhanced opportunities due to the number of children, youth and families serviced by the agency.
The Hand House provides a non-stigmatized, trauma-informed home for individuals to engage in meaningful visitation, instruction and support. "We are excited for this opportunity to enhance these services which will support our Agency’s mission to promote safer children, successful youth, stronger parents, sound families, and supportive communities" said CYS Director Rozalyn Burke.
State Sen. Lisa Baker, County Comissioners Jocelyn Cramer, Brian Smith and Joe Adams joined Human Services Agency Administrator Michelle Valinski as Burke cut the ribbon at the 1100 Church Street, Honesdale, location on Oct. 31.