4134 Park Avenue
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
Signature Health's new residential facility for boys in Ashtabula, Ohio, by the county Children Services Board, dubbed “Paul’s House.”
The about 5,500-square foot, two-floor building along Park Avenue houses 16 beds, at least four full bathrooms, a full kitchen and cafeteria, interconnected fire alarms and security cameras. A decorative wrought iron fence is planned for the perimeter. It also features plenty of amenities: televisions in a media room and the great room; a basement exercise room currently with a small basketball arcade, two cycling machines and one treadmill, and table tennis and cornhole setups.
Signature Health CEO Jonathan Lee and Tania Burnett, Ashtabula County Children Services Board executive director, both say it is important for the facility to feel less like a box of cold cinder blocks and more like a home.
Paul's House will house boys ages 8 to 21 — and they can choose to stay after they’ve “aged out” of the county system at 18. Children services workers can also host group sessions with residents to serve behavioral health needs, and life skills training for boys age 15 and older, who could soon age out of the system and need to become independent.