30 years ago, a young woman named Tara Finnerty took a job at a social service agency call The Rap House and shortly thereafter became the Executive Director. The Rap House at the time was located in the 700 block of Mulberry Street. They were opened 24 hours a day and served people with chronic mental health, drug and alcohol addictions or who were homeless. Tara dedicated herself to the Rap House. She worked non stop not only to assist the clients of the Rap House, but to improve the physical setting of the Rap House. A few years later, The Rap House moved to 537 Wyoming Ave and became The Community Intervention Center. Here, Tara continued as the Executive Director of the agency. To the clients, she also served as a mental health counselor, drug and alcohol counselor, confidant, friend, financial assistant, and someone they could rely on and trust. She was there for our clients when no one else was. She had faith in them and encouraged them to do more than they ever thought possible. In June of 2012, one of Tara’s biggest adventures became a reality. The Community Intervention Center purchased our own building located at 445 N. 6th Ave. Tara has seen many changes in the years. The Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol field is an ever evolving and constantly changing field. Through her hard work and dedication to not only the agency, but to our clients, and our staff members The Community Intervention Center has continued to grow. She has secured funding for several new programs such as a Safe Haven, 3 Permanent Supportive Housing programs for chronically homeless individuals, a building to call our own and most recently a wellness/recovery room for our clients to have a space to participate in holistic recovery programs. Now, after 30 years of hard work, dedication and service, Tara will be retiring from The Community Intervention Center. It is with both great sadness and joy that we wish Tara a farewell today. We wish her the best of luck in this next chapter of her life. GOOD LUCK TARA!!!! WE WILL MISS YOU!!!