Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

                                               NEWS RELEASE                       

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      September 8, 2005



Community Action Agency Takes Over Glouster Facility

(Columbus) –Today, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson announced that the Glouster facility, originally designed to house 124 offenders for substance abuse treatment in Glouster, Ohio, will be transferred to the Hocking.Athens.Perry Community Action Agency (HAP). 

Construction of the facility was complete in 2001; however, due to budget constraints the facility was never activated by DRC and has remained vacant.  In an effort to benefit the local government, DRC will transfer the facility to house local support agencies.  Once the transfer is complete, HAP Community Action, Community Health Center, Glouster Village Hall and local service offices will occupy the building. 


“Governor Bob Taft and DRC are pleased to assist the local Glouster community by transferring the building to these service agencies,” stated DRC Director Reginald A. Wilkinson.  “By finalizing this transfer, these agencies will be able to provide needed services in a new facility.”


Bob Garbo, Executive Director of HAP Community Action added, “We appreciate the cooperation and support from the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and its staff throughout this lengthy and complex process. Their donation of this facility for this new purpose will allow them to partner with us in not only providing critical services but will also provide a positive economic impact on this community.”

Working in conjunction with Senator Joy Padgett, Representative Jimmy Stewart and HAP Executive Director Bob Garbo, the transfer is expected to be final in October of this year after all details of the transaction are finalized.  Initial funding for the renovation of the facility into office space and a medical clinic has been obtained through the efforts of Congressman Bob Ney who has been instrumental in encouraging this transfer from the beginning of discussions.

For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150, or contact Bob Garbo at 740-592-6601.