New Culver Alumni House gives hope to more people on their journey to sobriety

On Thursday, April 20, roughly 50 supporters of Aurora Health Care Foundation’s Renew, Restore, Rebuild Campaign became the first to tour the new Culver Alumni House, a transitional living facility aimed at helping individuals recovering from addiction. This new building will replace the former Alumni House, which will be demolished in the coming weeks as part of the planned campus renovations. The home itself has been renamed in honor of Sue and Curt Culver, who made a generous donation of $500,000 to support the new facility.

Sue and Curt Culver (center) join leaders from Aurora Health Care, Venture and C.G. Schmidt to officially open the Culver Alumni House.

“It is just amazing to walk through this facility,” said Curt Culver, one of the key donors to the campaign. “This truly is a home away from home for so many who need this comfort during their recovery.”

The project has a special meaning to Culver and his family as they have a loved one who has benefited from the program.

“We’ve seen first-hand how the programs here can give people who face addiction renewed hope and a second chance,” said Curt Culver. “We are proud to attach our name to this facility to help remove any stigma associated with those seeking help for substance abuse and addiction.”

The Culvers supported an earlier project, the renovation of Aurora’s Lighthouse on Dewey facility in 2013. Today, they are among several donors of the Renew, Restore, Rebuild Campaign, a $1.5 million effort to enhance planned renovations at the Aurora Behavioral Health Services campus.

“We recognize the need for addiction and recovery services is great, and donors like the Culvers are helping meet this need by not only supporting our initial plans to expand programs and services, but to continue to grow them, so more people can get the help they need as soon as possible,” said Pete Carlson, President of Aurora Behavioral Health Services.

The fundraising campaign continues and will support expanded capacity and additional therapies in planned facilities, including a new Dewey Center – a state-of-the-art facility for residential and outpatient addiction treatment services – and a Serenity Garden, both of which are under construction and slated to open in 2018.

For more information on the Renew, Restore, Rebuild Campaign, please visit or contact Judi Strout at (414) 615-5935.


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