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Kinder and Hamill Foundations fund build-out of new welcome center

Dr. Oscar Bukstein

DePelchin’s main lobby was given a beautiful and well-designed renovation this past fall to benefit clients and their families, thanks to the outstanding support of the Kinder and Hamill foundations.

As DePelchin began to discuss the plans for renovation, Nancy Kinder came by to revisit the lobby, hear about the changes that were to be made  and share her personal thoughts.  She generously offered to underwrite the project with an initial gift of $250,000, and The Hamill Foundation consequently made a matching gift.  

Gensler, the architecture firm, redesigned the space so that there are now waiting areas unique to each of DePelchin’s service types (for example, psychiatry, psychology and therapy).  In addition, there is a staffed receptionist desk where visitors are greeted and directed to the proper waiting area. The architects also created a designated check-in/check-out area so that children and families can speak confidentially with DePelchin staff as needed.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, held last September, drew many of DePelchin’s supporters, including special guest Tom Brown of The Hamill Foundation; Cath Boles, Pat Shuford, and Barbie Dexter of the Pi Beta Phi Foundation; Linda May of the Simmons Foundation and DePelchin’s board members and staff.  Another special guest was recording artist Kyle Hutton, who was adopted through DePelchin.  At the ceremony, the lobby was renamed The Hamill Foundation Welcome Center.