Bethesda, MD.- On Wednesday, April 5th, a fundraising dinner will be held at 7:00 pm at the home of Constantinos and Maria Nicolaou, to promote the development of Panagia I Katafigi, a comprehensive drug rehabilitation center for women in Cyprus.
The facility, the first of its kind in Cyprus, will offer inpatient substance abuse treatment to women. The program will offer traditional addiction treatment, with an emphasis on maintaining long-term recovery through innovative methodologies and individual treatment planning. This inpatient facility will also provide prenatal care for pregnant addicts, a mother-child program, and a mechanism by which children in foster care can be reunited with their mothers.
Commenting on the event at the Nicolaous’ home, Vice President of Panagia Katafigi, Inc., Deana Balahtsis underscored the importance of the Katafigi rehabilitation center: “It is essential that the Greek-American community, the Omogeneia, in the United States and everywhere else be made aware of the need for these types of services. During the dinner, guests will hear from His Eminence Athanasios, Metropolitan of Limassol and Tina Pavlou, Clinical Director of Agia Skepi, a drug rehabilitation center in Cyprus that caters to men suffering from substance abuse. Since, for obvious reasons, Agia Skepi cannot offer treatment to both men and women simultaneously, the need to build the facility for women is so urgent.”
Panagia I Katafigi was originally conceived by His Eminence Athanasios who, in 1999, created Agia Skepi, the men’s drug rehabilitation center in Filani, Cyprus. The Agia Skepi’s program and experience has clearly shown that, given the gender-specific issues that could not be adequately addressed in a mixed-gender setting, the need for a women’s-only facility is tremendous.
The development of Panagia I Katafigi comes at a crucial time in Cyprus, as drug- addicted women have no place to receive inpatient services. “We see, firsthand, women with substance abuse problems who are desperately seeking inpatient treatment; yet, the government does not have a facility to accommodate them,” says Tina Pavlou, the Clinical Director at Agia Skepi.
Construction of the Panagia I Katafigi facility is planned for 2007. The April 5th fundraiser in Bethesda, MD is the second of several events planned to raise funds and awareness. The first such dinner will be held at the Ammos Restaurant in New York City.
For more information regarding the Panagia I Katafigi project or the April 5th event at the home of Constantinos and Maria Nicolaou, please contact Constantinos Nicolaou at 301-320-6455 or 301-922-7728, or Deana Balahtsis at 718-812-7056.