A Place For New Beginnings
Originally formed by ten prominent citizens, the Trust established an alcohol and drug treatment facility at the Napier Hospital site in 1976. However, for various reasons, this location proved unsuitable, and in 1980 the facility was relocated to the former Bethany maternity home in Morris Street, bounding Nelson Park.
The relocation would probably not have happened without the extremely generous assistance of the Williams family who, through an $80,000 grant, enabled Bethany to be purchased from the Salvation Army. The building was re-named after that family’s East Coast pastoral farming property, Springhill. The Williams family continue to support the centre, providing a further $25,000 for redevelopment work in 2006 and a further significant bequest in 2013 enabling the residential accommodation block to be built.
The Trust initially provided support for the residential aspect of the programme in the form of administration, hostel supervision and the maintenance of the building and grounds. These functions were later relinquished to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board in 2003. The Trust now acts as a benevolent landlord for the DHB run programme. Trust membership is voluntary and trustees receive no remuneration.
Springhill itself was built around the turn of the century as a private residence, and then served as a maternity home from 1942. This grand old villa is the birth place of two generations of Hawke’s Bay residents, and today it continues to serve the community by providing a safe environment for the re-birth of people struggling with addiction and seeking new lives free from alcohol and other drugs.
In 2014 the Trust completed a new residential accommodation wing at a cost of $850,000 and in 2017 they completed the refurbishment of the therapy and consuting rooms and deferred maintenance on the property at a cost of $300,000.
The Trustees would like to acknowledge the generous support from the Government and the HBDHB, the Williams family, the Gwen Malden Trust, the Bernard Chambers Trust and the Sir Charles Burns Charitable Trust. Without these benefactors and supporters the Trustees would not have been in a position to upgrade the property.