The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council will begin a new chapter later this year with the opening of their long-awaited new facility.
The counseling provides shelter, advocacy, education and support to victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and the homeless.
Their current shelter has been in use since the 1980s and has become too cramped to meet the agency’s needs.
In 2014, the Abuse Prevention Council inaugurated its new location, which will serve as both a shelter and a location for counseling services. Due to delays in the development of the site, construction did not start until August 2016.
Cathy Robertson, executive director of the Abuse Prevention Council, said the council expects to be at the new facility in October.
“It’s like a new day,” she said. “Our services are meant to offer hope, and it looks like our new facility will communicate that.”
The new headquarters of the Abuse Prevention Council is a $ 1.7 million, 8,758 square foot project. The Council raised much of the money, but also received loans and grants under programs from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency and the USDA Rural Development.
The current facility includes two dormitory-style bedrooms and can accommodate up to 26 women and children. The new facility will include five family rooms and four single rooms and will comfortably accommodate 28 people.
The new facility will also include a room that will allow male victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their children. The agency is currently working with men, but has to send male victims to hotels due to lack of space.
As construction nears completion, the Abuse Prevention Council is seeking community support to furnish the new shelter. Items from the current shelter will be relocated, but the additional space creates a need for more furniture.
“People can call, and we can let them know what we need right now,” said Robertson. “The needs change quite quickly.
The Council also has an online registry of the items they need, and can be found on their Facebook and website.
The new facility will also allow the Abuse Prevention Council to expand its programs. It will offer new courses requested by residents, such as stress counseling and group counseling, as well as more programs for children.
Robertson said having the shelter and the counseling services on the same campus will make the residents of the shelter more comfortable to take advantage of the services and the community members who use the services more comfortable. come to the shelter if the need arises.
Once the facility is open, before residents move into the shelter, the Abuse Prevention Council will hold open houses for churches, community organizations and social service agencies to visit and familiarize themselves with. the property and its services.
To contact the Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Board, call 704-487-9325.
Casey White can be reached at 704-669-3339 or [email protected]