The Educational Alliance Breaks Ground on Much Needed New Addiction Services Facility on the Lower East Side

Site is reaffirmation of the historic organization's long-standing commitment to all residents of Downtown Manhattan

NEW YORK, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 10am, The Educational Alliance will be celebrating the groundbreaking of its new addiction services facility at 29-31 Avenue D on the Lower East Side.

Called Project Contact, this site will join The Alliance's Pride Site I and Pride Site II as vital centers where people from all backgrounds can get the help they need to overcome their addictions. The seven-story building will enhance The Alliance's outpatient programs by providing a well-designed environment for addiction treatment that also offers spaces for recreation activities, group therapy and general education.

Project Contact is also a re-affirmation of The Educational Alliance's 30-year commitment to offering substance abuse services directly to those in need in Downtown Manhattan. In addition to helping clients frequently coping with deeply-troubled circumstances, these programs are crucial links in reconnecting people to their community, their family, and the self-confidence within themselves.

The program for the groundbreaking will feature representatives of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), which funded the project, and the Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY), which manage the project. Also on hand will be Robin Bernstein, President and CEO of The Educational Alliance, and Alan Jaffe, Chairman of The Educational Alliance. Scheduled to speak are Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez.

WHAT: Project Contact Addiction Services Facility Groundbreaking

a program of The Educational Alliance

WHERE: 29-31 Avenue D, Lower East Side

WHEN: Thursday, May 1st at 10 a.m.

MEDIA CONTACT: David Billotti, 646.732.2733

For more than a century, The Educational Alliance, a beneficiary of UJA-Federation, has demonstrated a heartfelt commitment to uplifting and inspiring people, strengthening families, building community and invigorating Jewish life in Downtown Manhattan. Today, with an annual budget of more than $30 million, we serve more than 40,000 people each year through 80 programs at 32 locations. With a richness that mirrors the diversity of our neighborhoods, we offer early childhood education, after-school activities for teens, literary programs, art classes, substance abuse counseling, meals for homeless, senior housing and so much more.

Contact: David Billotti, 646.732.2733

SOURCE The Educational Alliance