The facilities on Penikese Island are everything we need and want them to be – strong enough to withstand the weather’s wrath, well-equipped to ensure that our residents are comfortable, classically designed to complement the beauty of their setting, and large enough to accommodate our community of active young men and caring adults. That said, our facilities were created as if they were a part of a 19th century whaling village, devoid of many of the trappings of modern culture. Meals are prepared on a stove fueled by the seasoned wood that our staff and residents have cut and split by hand, in the kitchen of a saltbox built years ago using beams from a shipwrecked schooner. Academic classes take place in a one-room school house, with light captured by well-placed skylights, and heat emanating from an efficient woodstove. Evening meetings are typically held in the living room of the Saltbox, illuminated by low wattage light bulbs or old-fashioned kerosene “hurricane” lamps, so as not to attract, and harm, the rare birds with which we share Penikese Island. And when the day is done, residents sleep on the second floor of the Saltbox, in a spacious bunkroom that offers both privacy and a familial atmosphere.
But, alas, some modern conveniences are also necessity on Penikese Island, ensuring that the members of our island community are safe, comfortable, and able to achieve their treatment and other related goals with few distractions. We travel safely to and from the island on a modern 36′ vessel, the M/V Richard S. Edwards. Solar panels and generators power the tools in the woodshop and charge the staff’s cellular phones.
Spartan facilities? Perhaps – but purposely so. Young men come to Penikese to engage in program to concentrate on their treatment goals, and we are convinced that our well-maintained facilities are beneficial to the therapeutic process, while honoring the traditions and culture of our place.
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