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Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center Opens New West Charlotte Offices

Healing Center will leave room for future expansion for organization

A collaborative therapy space in Pat Place's new Healing Center
A collaborative therapy space in Pat Place’s new Healing Center. (Photo by Davis Cuffe)

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center on Tuesday celebrated the grand opening of its Healing Center, a new therapy and office space in west Charlotte that will strengthen and expand the organization’s efforts to support children who have been victims of abuse.

The new collaborative office and therapy space is located at 1201 Woodridge Center Drive, Suite 170, just off the Billy Graham Parkway. 

Staff at the site on Tuesday were excited about their new personal offices, which they said will allow them to enhance and expand their evidence-based and multifaceted therapeutic practices.  

“It’s just nice to have a space. I’m able to decorate my space and really make it my own, which makes people more comfortable,” said Jessica Grubb, a Pat’s Place therapist trained in three therapeutic modalities. “Being apart from the main agency, it’s nice that this space is in a part of Charlotte that’s considered a desert for mental health services.” 

The organization will keep its Child Advocacy Center on East Boulevard in the Dilworth neighborhood as well.

Founded in 2004, Pat’s Place provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary response to child abuse cases in Mecklenburg County by bringing together law enforcement, child protective services, medical professionals, and mental health providers under one roof. 

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Grubb’s therapy work with Pat’s Place comes through referrals from various community partners such as Pathways Youth & Family Services along with CMPD and other local law enforcement agencies and youth advocacy networks like the Alexander Youth Network and Thompson Child and Family Focus. 

The space will also allow for Pat’s Place to collaborate with more community organizations. 

“Most importantly, this gives us room to grow,” said Pat’s Place Chief Executive Officer Andrew Oliver. “The hope is that our outside clinicians will be able to use this space. That is something that isn’t happening anywhere else.

“There were just a few trauma treatment resources in Charlotte when we moved here,” Oliver continued. “We’ve now doubled the number of trauma treatment therapists that we’re serving with Charlotte. So it’s a really exciting opportunity for us to take the next step.”

One service that Pat’s Place provides through collaboration is their Youth Empowerment and Support (YES) program, in which the organization partners with anti-human-trafficking workers. This partnership allows a therapist like Grubb to work closely with a case worker, conducting home visits to ensure families at high risk of human trafficking can have their needs met through education and support. 

Office spaces in the new Healing Center. (Photo by Davis Cuffe)

The move into the office was a quick process for Pat’s Place, which began the search for a space in July 2023 and signed the lease in October. With renovations starting shortly thereafter, they were able to move in by May 2024. 

Funding for the new offices largely came from the Duke Endowment and Pat’s Place donors.

The Healing Center is Pat’s Place’s third location, as they currently hold space in the temporary Umbrella Center’s Survivor Resource Center, located in Uptown as an interim office while the large-scale Umbrella Center is under construction in east Charlotte, along with the Child Advocacy Center in Dilworth. 

Oliver said the new Healing Center was built with enough space to accommodate more than the organization currently needs so as to provide room for growth. He added that the organization had begun to grow out of the Child Advocacy Center, creating the need for expansion.

“We wanted to have a location that grew with us. We intentionally built a site that could accommodate many more children than we receive,” said Oliver. “The Healing Center on East Boulevard was our home for four years. We really grew into that space and really quickly outgrew it.” 

While Pat’s Place will continue to operate out of all three spaces for the time being, Oliver said there may come a time in the future when the organization consolidates its services into the new Healing Center. 

Pat’s Place will hold its signature annual fundraising event, BBQ & Blue Jeans, on Sept. 7. Visit the website for more information. 

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