Welcome from the CEO

Rob_McCartney_Executive_DirectorI want to welcome you and thank you for your interest in The Barry Robinson Center. In the day when many residential treatment centers are being bought by for-profit companies, The Barry Robinson Center is proud that it has maintained its roots of being a nonprofit charitable organization. To understand The Barry Robinson Center, you must understand our founder, Fredrick J. Robinson. Over 80 years ago, Fredrick J. Robinson bequeathed the majority of his estate to the establishment of a school that would help improve the lives of children. Being a devout Catholic, he was driven by his Christian ideals to improve the fate of children. It is his benevolence that is at the core of our programs. When one walks around our campus and meets our staff, you start to understand that, for us, this is not just a job — it is a mission, and we strive daily to live up to Mr. Robinson’s gift.

When visiting The Barry Robinson Center, one gets the sense of a small college campus. During one recent tour, I had a parent tell me it reminded her of The College of William and Mary. I had another parent comment on all the smiles on both the residents and the staff. Our open campus, our choir “The Voices of Pride”, the guitar ensemble, our Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop, our Spiritual Counselor, and the warm living environment are a few of the things that separate us from other residential programs. But to fully appreciate our program, you need to visit — so consider this an open invitation!

Finally, I would like to share with you that I have been working in the behavioral health field for over 25 years, and as I share with many, this is the coolest place I have ever worked. Being able to lead a group of dedicated professionals who are focused on helping children and families and knowing we are making a difference… well, it does not get much better. The Prayer of St. Francis starts out “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow lo… yep, pretty cool when you get to do this on a daily bases. I think that Mr. Robinson would be proud of his legacy. I know I am.

– Rob McCartney, Chief Executive Director

TESTIMONIALS

One families story from crisis to hope. We are your typical American family; happily married parents, four kids, and a dog. In the early weeks of 2016, we found ourselves in a family crisis like none other we had …
Voices of Pride at The Memory Center What a great performance today by the Voices of Pride! Everyone really enjoyed the singing performance by the children.  The BRC children were respectful and helpful to the staff …
Hi Debbie: I hope you are well.  Thank you for following up with me last week.  I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the communication from The Barry Robinson Center.  My son was asking his dad and me …
Hello: I wanted to respond to your email once I arrived home and got situated. I had a wonderful trip. Everything couldn't have gone better if I had planned it. Every interaction that I had with staff, my time with my …
I want to thank you all. I have met a few families at the Ronald McDonald House staying there to tour Barry Robinson and I've told them how amazing you all have been and the amazing difference you've all made with my …
Good Morning: I am sitting at the airport in Virginia thinking about the wonderful weekend I spent with my daughter. It was not perfect, and started a bit rocky, but the recovery was quick which enabled us to spend …
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