The Women’s and Children’s Alliance is raising money to build a transitional housing unit next to its existing secure shelter for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The current shelter, called “Serena’s House,” houses the WCA’s 120-day residential shelter program, one 24-hour emergency shelter room and four transitional housing rooms.
The organization has already raised $1 million during the “quiet phase” of the campaign. The goal is to raise all the funds by the end of the calendar year and have the new eight room transitional housing facility available to clients late 2016.
The WCA’s 120-day residential shelter program is voluntary and clients stay varying lengths of time based on their safety and housing needs. The WCA’s transitional units provide an additional 60 days during which clients can work to find longer-term, affordable and appropriate housing.
Since 1980, the WCA has offered safe shelter for women and children as well as education, counseling, legal advocacy and a fresh start. Last year alone, the WCA provided 9,583 “safe bed nights” to 176 women and children and we anticipate this number to grow in coming years.
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