SANTA FE SPRINGS – Choking back tears, Dr. Ethan Allen greeted supporters, dignitaries and clients of L.A. CADA, an alcohol and drug abuse recovery organization, assembled Thursday at the groundbreaking for the future home of the $1.5 million Rose Hills Foundation Family Center. “Moments like this make me tear up,” he admitted about the ceremony for the renovation and expansion of the facility located at 1105 Bloomfield Ave. Allen, along with his wife, Alice, and several other citizens opened the facility 35 years ago when they became concerned with the drug abuse problem in the area. “Over the years we have changed the lives of men and women broken by drug abuse,” he said. Now with the $300,000 donation by the Rose Hills Foundation work can begin May 30 on the existing building to expand it from 3,700-sq.-ft. to 22,287-sq.-ft. with a patient waiting area, larger offices and a group room. In total, the new facility, will include 12 new counseling offices, administrative offices, a restroom and group counseling space. Construction is expected to be completed in the first part of 2008. “The people here are so supportive,” said Laura Peglow, 37, of Santa Fe Springs, a L.A. CADA client since November. She was court-ordered to attend counseling and drug education classes by the court after being arrested for abusing methamphetamine. Peglow, like fellow clients Gina Mojica, 26, of La Puente, and Tracy Hyde, 36, of Lakewood, had to attend the center so they could get their children back from the county. “I was nervous about coming her,” Mojica said, “but I had to do it for my kids.” The three women take part in the counseling sessions, parenting classes and have learned how to take charge of their lives and grow their self-esteems. They are just a few of the thousands who have come through L.A. CADA’s doors, and whom L.A. CADA Board Member and Santa Fe Springs Councilwoman Betty Putnam called the reason the center needs to expand. “It’s so imporant to be part of a positive solution,” she told the gathered audience. Echoing those sentiments, Edfred L. Shannon Jr., trustee of The Rose Hills Foundation, said that when he and his wife, Ruth, visited the center three years ago, he could not have been more impressed by the work done by the staff. “I’m delighted that we are a part of this,” he said. “It’s got to be one of the best things the foundation has done.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!