CEO Welcome

Thank you for your interest in The Barry Robinson Center. For 85 years, The Barry Robinson Center has maintained its deep roots as a nonprofit charitable organization, and we’re mission-focused to improve the lives of children and their families.

Over the years, our services have adapted to meet the changing needs of our community. Our founder, Fredrick J. Robinson donated the majority of his estate to establish a school that would help improve the lives of children. As a devout Catholic, he was motivated by his Christian ideals to help children flourish. His benevolence remains at the core of our programs. When you walk around our campus and meet 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.

Our campus retains the sense of a small college. Parents and other guests often comment on the beautiful, serene setting. And they always notice the smiles on the faces of residents and staff. Our open campus, “Voices of Pride” choir, guitar ensemble, garden program, Scout troop, spiritual counselor, and the warm living environment are just a few of the distinctive elements that separate us from other residential programs. To fully appreciate our programs, you need to visit — so consider this an open invitation!

As a community partner, we also offer an evolving range of outpatient and community-based services including treatment foster care and a substance use program for teens. We work closely with other nonprofit agencies locally and around the country, looking for opportunities that align with our mission to support children and families.

I have been working in the behavioral health field for more than 25 years, and as I share with many people, 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 begins, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love…” Yes, it’s more than gratifying to do this on a daily basis. I believe Mr. Robinson would be proud of his legacy. I know I am.

Rob McCartney, MSW
Chief Executive Director

TESTIMONIALS

One family's 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 …
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 and residents at The Memory Center. …
I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the communication from The Barry Robinson Center. It makes me happy that I am able to feel comfortable calling Rodney and asking these questions, getting his …
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 The Barry Robinson Center and I've told them how amazing you all have been and the amazing difference you've made with …
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 some quality time …
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