Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is observing an historic milestone in 2010 as the organization marks 100 years of service to the greater Grand Rapids and national community.
Pine Rest was founded on June 17, 1910, when a group of concerned citizens, many of them ministers representing a variety of denominations, officially adopted the constitution for The Association for the Christian Care of the Mentally Ill in North America. Later that same year, the Cutlerville Farm was purchased as the site for the Christian Psychopathic Hospital, now known as Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.
The 100 year anniversary celebration will feature special events, educational opportunities, outreach programs and other activities, all aimed at increasing awareness, educating and inspiring the regional community and giving thanks.
The highlight of the celebratory year is the “Reach” Gala on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. This memorable and exciting evening features special guest Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady and author of the recently released book, “Within our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis.” The gala will also showcase Pine Rest and the Pine Rest Foundation through entertainment, displays and multi-media. The Pine Rest Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary during this same time.
The strong roots established a century ago have provided a solid foundation for the contemporary and innovative behavioral health care offered at Pine Rest today. Guided by its Christian-based mission, Pine Rest promises an exceptional care experience that changes lives. The care promise is supported by measurable outcomes and value.