The Administration buildings are necessary for us to do our work, but they are the least expensive buildings that we own. Westview has purchased two storefronts in downtown Hollis which serve as our Commissary and Main office; other necessary maintenance buildings are on the old Westview school site.
Westview’s offices are located at 120 West Broadway (Highway 62 through town) in downtown Hollis. This facility houses campus administrative personnel, the mail room, counseling rooms, training facilities, and meeting rooms. In 1979 this building was converted from the former Hill’s Department Store into offices .
Visitors entering the front doors are greeted by one of our receptionists in our main reception area. This room has couches and tables for guests waiting to meet a member of our staff. Behind the receptionist’s counter is a hallway that leads to the back of this building. As guests move down this hallway on the west side are pictures of the members of our board of directors followed by the mail room where receipts are generated for every donation. Each day, these dedicated workers process all the mail that comes in and they make sure everyone is thanked for their gifts. Offices are on the east side of the hall.
At the end of this hall is a doorway that leads to a big room. This room is used for compiling our mailings, campus meetings, and special dinners. To the right of the room are our counseling and training rooms. At the far side of this room are three sets of doors. One set leads back to the office building where one will find our receiving area and women’s restroom, the middle set opens to two stairways that lead to our Board Room, and the third set opens to the back of the office building where the kitchen and men’s restroom are located.
In 1981, an old theater, located across the street from Westview’s offices came up on the market. The administration, realizing our need for more space to warehouse groceries and clothing, purchased this building. The mural, painted on the front of our commissary depicts staff members and former boys participating in a western style cook-out.
On the main floor of this structure groceries are stored and distributed. When the household pantry stock gets low, house parents come to the commissary and gather the groceries they need. This commissary has a walk-in cooler and freezer. It also has lots of shelving on which food donated to Westview is sorted and stored.
The second floor of this facility is used as a clothing room. Donated clothing is sorted, hung on racks or folded and placed on shelves. Boys can then come to this room with houseparents and choose clothing that they like. For some boys, this is the first time they have been able to choose their own clothing. Through having this opportunity to make choices for themselves, boys learn how to make wise decisions.