New Vineyard House holds ribbon cutting ceremony Friday

From left: Representative Tim Madden, Brian Mackey, John Colucci, Bill Potter, Mark Jenkins, John Early, and Mary Nada officially begin the new Vineyard House construction. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Vineyard House, the only sober housing for Islanders in early recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, will celebrate the opening of its new residential campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 am, Friday, December 19, at 45 Short Hill Road In Vineyard Haven. The public is invited.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception and a tour of the new facilities, which were built by Squash Meadow Construction from plans by Mashek MacLean Architects. The new Vineyard House will accommodate up to 18 men and 7 women in separate living quarters. There is also an administration building with a conference room named for deceased board member Pat Gregory.

Since 1997, more than 400 Islanders in recovery have made Vineyard House their temporary home. Residents of Vineyard House are required to pay rent, hold down a job, attend support group meetings, maintain the houses, and submit to regular and random drug and alcohol testing.