Features of the CHOICES shelter
Due to the support of our community and generosity of many donors, the existing shelter opened in January 2019. In April of 2021, a new neighborhood called Grace House was added to increase the shelter bed total to 144.
The shelter has a neighborhood feel with bedrooms, bathrooms and a sitting room in each neighborhood. There are several communal areas and counseling rooms, as well as space for youth programs and a secure outdoor playground and garden.
Bed capacity in the shelter is almost triple from the previous shelter – from 51 to 144
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.
Our Community’s Campaign Champions
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