Friday Sep 19 2008
PEACE for Families to open new shelter
By: Jenna Nielsen Gold Country News Service
PEACE for Families officials announced the opening of a new 12,500 square-foot emergency shelter facility for victims of domestic violence in Placer County this week. Located at an undisclosed site for the protection of families in need of the emergency support, the new shelter includes 13 bedrooms with 39 beds, privacy areas for counseling and family activities, a classroom and study area for children and adults, a large kitchen, outdoor play area and increased security measures. The facility will officially open Sept. 25 and replaces PEACE’s 60-year-old building. “We have had a safehouse (in the area) for quite some time, but it is half the size and is very old,” said Teri Munger, executive director of PEACE for Families. “This is a brand new, beautiful facility for our clients.” PEACE for Families is a nonprofit provider of comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Placer County. Munger said the facility will provide a safer refuge for women and children seeking shelter in Placer County. “With one in four women in the U.S. being victims of domestic violence, Placer County needs a state-of-the-art facility to serve the community’s victims of abuse and sexual assault,” Munger said in a statement released Wednesday about the opening of the facility. “The new facility offers a safe haven to abused women and children that enables them to receive services they need to rebuild their lives.” The shelter was built along with the help of HomeAid Sacramento, a nonprofit provider of housing for temporary homeless families and individuals. HomeAid Sacramento oversaw the construction of the facility that was made possible by the support of builders John Laing Homes and Pulte Homes. HomeAid Sacramento and the builders along with more than 100 subcontractors, trades and vendor partners contributed more than $1.5 million in in-kind cash donations to complete the project. The project also received a $1 million Emergency Housing and Assistance Program Operating Facility Grant from the state of California. “With the Emergency Housing and Assistance Program grant, a first among all HomeAid building projects, and the builders’ donations of resources and materials, the PEACE facility is a terrific example of HomeAid’s model of bringing together public and private contributors to fulfill our mission of building dignified housing for temporarily homeless families and individuals, more than a million of whom are children,” said Pam Herman, program director at HomeAid Sacramento. The United Auburn Indian Community, the Teichert Foundation and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation each made substantial donations. PEACE for Famlies fundraiser What: “Wish list” drive to collect much needed items for the new PEACE for Families shelter When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today Where: La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries parking lot at Eureka Road and North Sunrise Avenue in Roseville For those wishing to donate, the PEACE for Families “Wish List” can be found online at lazboyhome.com.