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Women's and Children's Alliance Will Build a Second Shelter to House Victims of Abuse

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Making the decision to leave an abusive relationship can be high-risk and traumatic for a woman and her children. It could mean not being able to find housing immediately or properly feeding her children and keeping them safe. National statistics point to domestic violence as a leading cause of homelessness for women and children.

To make the decision to leave easier, the Women's and Children's Alliance (WCA) will build a transitional housing unit next to its existing shelter for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, according to a news release from WCA.

- The new building will offer eight transitional living units for victims of domestic abuse. -  - WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE
  • Women's and Children's Alliance
  • The new building will offer eight transitional living units for victims of domestic abuse.
The current shelter, Serena's House, offers a 120-day residential shelter program that helps give women time to find a safe home. They don't have to stay the full 120 days, but some women need even longer due to financial and legal complications. 

The new housing unit WCA plans to build and have operational by late 2016 will include eight transitional living units, where women and their children can stay an extra 60 days. 

"The WCA provided a safe shelter for me and my daughter to heal," said one anonymous WCA client in the news release. "I was crippled, if not paralyzed, by the tapes that played in my head before coming here. You gave me the confidence to grow wings and, day-by-day, you taught me to fly. Thank you for investing in our future. I believe with all my heart we will make it."

The WCA provided 9,583 "safe bed nights" to 176 women and children in 2014, and expects that number to grow in coming years.

“The WCA is making great strides to bring awareness to the devastation domestic violence causes in families and to individuals,” said WCA Executive Director Bea Black. “As a result, more women and children are stepping forward asking for help reaching for safety and freedom and we need to be there for them.”

One in four women experiences domestic violence in her lifetime. In 2014, there were 4,552 emergency calls in Ada County related to domestic abuse and sexual assault.

The center has launched a $1.4 million capital campaign to build the new transitional housing unit. Already, $1 million on top of that has been raised during the quiet phase of the campaign. The goal is to raise all the funds by the end of December 2016.