On Thursday, September 18, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new community based residential facility—Gookomis Endaad (Your Grandmother’s House) Healing & Wellness Center.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., and conclude at noon with a community feast. All in the community are invited to attend.
The new facility will be located near the existing Peer Supportive Living Home, which is located at 3405 North Schillman Road in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin.
Gookomis Endaad (pronounced Go co miss En dahd) is made possible through a tribal-state partnership with the Department of Health Services, and in consultation with the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Corrections. The concept was born out of the community’s requests for a local facility that focuses on holistic treatment and client reintegration into the community. Gookomis Endaad will specialize in mental health and chemical dependency treatment, and incorporate cultural traditions and values into the recovery plan.
This first-of-its-kind treatment center would not be possible without the dedication of the community, Tribal government and programs, and state partners. Gookomis Endaad will be located within the boundaries of the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation, on a 40-acre parcel with shoreline frontage on the north shore of Pokegama Lake. The healing and wellness center will be a licensed, 20 bed, co-ed operation, and rooted in the culture and traditions of the Lac du Flambeau People.
Gookomis Endaad is designed to offer a 90-day program, with the option for a 90-day extension. Stepping stone options to the Band’s Peer Supportive Living Home will be available. The healing and wellness center will also offer up to one-year outpatient supportive services to alumni.