Northwood Celebrates 130 Years of Serving Children
Posted at: 09/07/2013 8:24 PM
| Updated at: 09/07/2013 10:55 PM
Northwood Children's Services celebrated their 130th anniversary Saturday.
Northwood provides mental health treatment for about 300 kids at any given time. They offer residential and day programs, group homes, and early childhood education. Northwood President and CEO Richard Wolleat said it all started in 1883, with one woman.
"An amazing woman named Sarah Stearns, saw when Duluth was a boomtown, a lot of young women were here without a visible means of support," Wolleat said. "She and her friends took them in, taught them a trade, found them a job, took care of the kids."
Now, serving more than 600 kids every year and employing about 270 staff members, Wolleat said he thinks stearns would be proud of how far they've come.