Children’s Advocacy Center purchase of Wisdom Way building finalized

  • The house at 56 Wisdom Way in Greenfield is now owned by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin. The agency has leased the house since 2016, and the sale from Green River Cemetery Co. was just finalized. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 12/15/2020 4:16:22 PM

GREENFIELD — The Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin now owns the house it has been leasing on Wisdom Way since February 2016.

According to real estate transactions from the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, Green River Cemetery Co. sold the building at 56 Wisdom Way to the nonprofit for $120,000.

Executive Director Irene Woods said the agency had plans for the past year to purchase the house, and spent most of 2018 renovating it. But due to delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and other “technical issues,” the sale “just went through.”

“We don’t have any plans to expand,” she noted. “We’re just staying steady, especially during the pandemic.”

Woods said when the pandemic struck and slowed the process, the Children’s Advocacy Center continued to be committed to the purchase.

“We removed two buildings on the property that could have presented a physical danger to children that came here,” she said. “Now the building is secure, and I’m satisfied that all the donations from community members and the building renovations donated by Wright Builders will continue to benefit the kids for years to come.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center, which serves sexually abused children and their families, runs on federal and state funding and grants, and also accepts donations, according to Woods.

The model the agency uses involves law enforcement and child protective services acting first to make sure a child is safe from an abuser. The child is then brought to the center on Wisdom Way, where the joint investigation and interview begins. Once the case has been reviewed, decisions are made about how to proceed, including whether the case is presented to the district attorney for prosecution. A suspect is either charged or the case is refused.

The Greenfield center was closed for several months after the pandemic hit the area, but has since reopened and is seeing children and their families in person at the house. Woods said Plexiglas has been installed for everyone’s safety and everyone must wear a mask when in the building.

For more information about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin or to donate, call 413-475-3401 or visit cacfranklinnq.org.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-9591 or afritz@recorder.com.




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