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WCA Breaks Ground on New Boise Shelter

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(L-R) Bev La Chance, WCA Deputy Director; Beatrice Black, WCA Executive Director; Darrel Anderson, WCA Board President; Scot Ludwig, Boise City Council Member; Brad Smith, Babcock Architects; Bill Bodnar, WCA Board Member; Debbie Wachtell, WCA Board Member; Neil Nelson, ESI. - COURTESY WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE
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  • (L-R) Bev La Chance, WCA Deputy Director; Beatrice Black, WCA Executive Director; Darrel Anderson, WCA Board President; Scot Ludwig, Boise City Council Member; Brad Smith, Babcock Architects; Bill Bodnar, WCA Board Member; Debbie Wachtell, WCA Board Member; Neil Nelson, ESI.


Boise city officials joined leaders and staff from the Women's and Children's Alliance Thursday to break ground on a new shelter, providing 16 transitional housing units to women and children seeking safety from neglect or abuse.

WCA launched a $1.8 million capital campaign in 2015 and, while fundraising continues for the $150,000 needed to reach the goal, the organization invited architects and builders to join in the official groundbreaking.

When complete, the shelter will feature eight living units per floor, with a shared living room, dining, laundry and kitchen facilities, in addition to office and storage space. For safety purposes, WCA does not traditionally disclose the location of its shelters.

“Finding safe, affordable housing is difficult for our clients and these additional transitional housing units will give them more time to work with our case managers to find a safe, affordable option," said WCA Executive Director Bea Black, who shared the limelight Thursday with Babcock Architects, Engineered Structures Inc. and the Gardner Company.

“We believe strongly in their mission to provide ‘safety, healing and freedom’ to women and children throughout Idaho," said ESI President Neil Nelson. "We are proud to do our part in building their new shelter."