I 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, Executive Director