From left: Debra Reardon and Reardon Family, Burlington Electric General Manager Darren Springer, Lund President and CEO Tricia Coates and Vermont Gas CEO Neale Lunderville. Courtesy photo.
Vermont Business Magazine Lund and community leaders broke ground today on a new pavilion at the agency's Residential Treatment Program. The pavilion, which will provide new, covered outdoor space for families and staff at the program, will be dedicated to the memory of James B. Reardon, a Lund board member and budget advisor to four Vermont governors.
"Jim cared deeply about all of Vermont's children. It's what motivated him in public service and what inspired him to work with Lund," said Lund President and CEO Tricia Coates. Lund is based in Burlington.
Former colleagues, friends, and family of Reardon, in addition to Lund staff, board members, and volunteers gathered to break ground and remember Jim. Two former Reardon colleagues, Vermont Gas CEO Neale Lunderville, and Burlington Electric General Manager Darren Springer spearheaded a fundraising campaign to support the pavilion's construction.
Lunderville said, "Lund was a place Jim loved and devoted considerable time and energy. Its mission spoke to his soul: to ensure that every child grows up in a safe, secure, and loving family."
“Jim spoke often with his colleagues about his passion for his work with Lund, and this pavilion is a moving tribute to Jim and his legacy of public and community service,” said Springer.
Improving outcomes for children, parents, and families is the core of Lund's work. The agency offers the only Residential Treatment option in Vermont where at-risk pregnant and parenting women and their children can live together and receive comprehensive, family-centered treatment. The program helps achieve multiple outcomes for Vermonters in child and youth development, family support, financial and employment security, general health, housing stability, mental health, substance use, risk reduction, and community justice.
Having a permanent, covered space at the Residential Treatment Program will provide new opportunities for outdoor services, recreation, and community building among families in the program. The pavilion will also be a place where people can remember Reardon and reflect on his contributions to Lund and Vermont. The pavilion is slated for spring construction.
To support the project or to learn more, please visit www.lundvt.org
Source: Burlington – Lund 10.12.2021