With a significant gift from the Martyn Family Foundation, the name Andy’s Place honors Andrew “Andy” Martyn, a member of the Martyn family who struggled with homelessness, drug dependency and bipolar disorder before dying of heart failure in 2016 at the age of 48.
“We are incredibly grateful for the Martyn Family Foundation for this generous gift, which allows Compass Health to provide hope and recovery for individuals who share Andy’s challenges,” said Tom Sebastian, Compass Health president and CEO. “The Martyn family has experienced unthinkable tragedy in losing Andy, but we’re so thankful they are helping us make an impact for other community members and their families.”
Like so many families across the region, for years, the Martyn family supported Andy’s efforts to remain engaged in treatment before his tragic death. Family members believe that Compass Health’s facility, with its housing-first model and integrated approach to providing access to a full spectrum services for mental health, substance use and other needs, could have made a difference for their son and brother.
“There are thousands of Andys out in the world trying to overcome significant behavioral health needs, so they can not only survive, but thrive,” said Kevin Martyn, Andy’s brother and founder of Genoa Healthcare. “In a permanent supportive housing facility like Andy’s Place, Andy would have had access to exactly what he needed – housing, medication management, access to resources and so much more – which is why it is so instrumental to our communities and why our family is proud to support Compass Health in all its efforts.”
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