A Place To Be, who recently celebrated their 5th anniversary of helping people face, navigate, and overcome life’s challenges using the therapeutic arts, has just moved to a new expanded location at 8 North Jay Street, in Middleburg.

As the country’s leading center for Performance-Based Music Therapy, APTB provides services to some 200 families.  APTB has experienced enthusiastic growth since its founders, Tom Sweitzer and Kim Tapper, created the organization in 2010 with the guidance and support of Ben Graham. This, from their original location at 15 South Madison Street.  

So often, many 501c3 non-profit organizations do not survive their first year, but APTB has thrived and grown, outgrowing their own place to be in the process.  Their new location then comes at the perfect time.  The 4,500 square foot space will not only provide more room, it provides their clientele, many with special needs, expanded hallways and multiple ADA approved bathrooms and more.  

Adorned with the organization’s cheerful color scheme and wonderful natural light, the space was specifically designed by Sweitzer and Tapper and built to their needs by Kevin Hazard and Chris Knoedler, both who so graciously donated their time as contractors.  Further support came by way of The Wheeler Family Foundation, Indiegogo supporters, the Middleburg Business and Professional Association and others.  As they say, “It takes a village.”, and clearly the village of Middleburg has embraced this organization in a big way.

The new space utilizes the building’s entire first floor of the 3 story building, and then half of the second floor. The other half of the second floor has now also been leased by Bridget Wilson for a great new Native Barre studio space. It’s actually a great combination.

While A Place To Be and its 16 staff members, will call Jay Street home, their community reach is far greater, also serving clients at the Paxton Campus – Leesburg, Inova Loudoun and soon Inova Cornwall.  The organization has also touched over 25,000 students with their message of acceptance and understanding through their signature touring production of The Same Sky Project.  A Place To Be and The Same Sky Project, which was also the opening presentation for the National American Music Therapy Conference in Kansas, is set to be the keynote opening presentation for the NIH conference on Rehab Medicine in May of 2016, and will be touring to its first university campus as they head to Longwood University in 2016.

One of the true gems of Middleburg, it’s good news that A Place To Be was able to keep its place to be in its home town for the foreseeable future!  To learn more about A Place To Be, their services and performances, or to donate, please call 540-687-6740 or online at www.aplacetobe.org

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