New Vitae cuts ribbon on Browne Cottage named for state senator

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery holds a ribbon cutting for its new Browne Cottage. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Browne Cottage, a new living space at its Mount Trexler Manor/Action Recovery site in Upper Saucon Township. 

The cottage is part of a new project to provide housing options for veterans and others looking for brain injury care in home-like settings. 

It was named in honor of Pa. State Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, who along with other state legislators helped New Vitae to secure $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant funding for the project.  

The state’s RACP grant program supports economic, cultural, and civic improvement projects that have widespread impact and generate or sustain jobs and economic activity. 

“The value of the important work New Vitae Wellness and Recovery does day-in and day-out to help those with brain injuries cannot be overstated,” Browne said. “I have been proud to support their mission and I want to thank their leadership and dedicated staff for all of their efforts in helping this vulnerable community.” 

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, New Vitae presented Browne and his wife Heather with a dedication plaque to mark the naming of the Browne Cottage.  

“We are excited to open Browne Cottage and offer individuals a comforting environment where they can focus on healing and wellness,” said Judith O. Yanacek, president and CEO of New Vitae Wellness and Recovery. “These cottages will provide a safe space in which individuals can continue along the road to recovery through integrated brain injury rehabilitation and mental health care.” 

The eight-bed cottages at Mount Trexler Manor were designed to offer the safety and structure of 24/7 staffing while encouraging and supporting each individual’s progress toward their self-defined life goals. 

Each cottage will be self-sufficient and ADA accessible, with bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry facilities, a medication room, kitchen, community area, learning lab and smart technology.