Features of the new CHOICES shelter
The lack of space is one of the largest challenges we face with the current shelter. There are 51 beds but frequently 75 or more people seeking safety. The new shelter will increase the number of beds to 120, with capacity to add 48 more beds in the future.
It will have a neighborhood feel with bedrooms, bathrooms and a sitting room in each neighborhood. There will be several communal areas and counseling rooms, as well as space for youth programs and a secure outdoor playground and garden.
135% more Capacity
Bed capacity in the new shelter will more than double–from 51 to 120.
Dignity & Respect
Domestic Violence-specific clinical models and design concepts will accommodate the specialized needs of victims and their families.
Security cameras & lighting will be used as well as a physical security access control system & personal safety alarms for staff.
Kennels for Pets
Pet enclosures & exercise areas will be available, removing a barrier for victims who don’t want to leave their pet with their abuser.
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