Elk County Commissioners Award $50,000 toward DCI Building

Elk Co Commissioners give to DCI
Pictured L to R: Elk County Commissioner, Fritz Lecker; Journey Health System Director of Institutional Advancement, Tana Smith; Dickinson Center, Inc. Board Member & St. Marys Building Campaign Committee Chair, Bob Ordiway; Elk County Commissioner, Matt Quesenberry and Elk County Commissioner, Joe Daghir. Photo by Jake Mercer


Elk County Commissioners County of Elk, PA recently awarded Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI), an affiliate of Journey Health System, $50,000 toward their new building project in St. Marys.

“This is truly a great step forward for the local area and region to provide consolidated mental health services that are so increasingly vital in our local communities,” said Commissioner Quesenberry. “We are grateful to have this money available and pleased to be able to offer our support.”

Dickinson Center is in the process of building a new two-story, 12,000-square-foot facility within the lots along Railroad and Market streets. Integration of all DCI’s St. Marys programs into one building will not only improve service accessibility, but also increase organizational effectiveness while bringing a positive transformation to downtown St. Marys.

“We’re pleased that the commissioners have shown this generous support for important mental healthcare services that Dickinson provides to Elk County, along with seven additional counties in the surrounding area,” said Bob Ordiway, DCI’s board campaign committee chair. “The new building will improve the availability and efficiency of their behavioral health services and make a major impact on the St. Marys downtown area.”

DCI’s Executive Director Jim Prosper added, “This financial support from the Elk County Commissioners for the construction of our new St. Marys building is truly appreciated. Dickinson Center is currently serving adults, children and families at three different sites across St. Marys and the new facility will integrate our programs in to one convenient location. This central location will improve access for our clients to receive critical services in an environment designed to better meet their and our staff’s needs.”

Dickinson Center, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization, has been providing behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and children's prevention services in rural Northwestern Pennsylvania for 65 years.

To learn more and make a gift to Dickinson Center’s “Building for Tomorrow” campaign, visit www.givetodickinson.org .