A $849,478 grant has been awarded to Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) by
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, to support the construction and operation of a new 60-bed domestic violence shelter and training facility that will break ground this fall new Sun City.
The new facility, Casa de Paz (House of Peace), will be located on land provided to ADV by St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Sun City. It will provide quarters for women and their children who have escaped from violent environments, as well as job training facilities and a child development center. Clients at Casa de Paz will be allowed to stay a maximum of 120 days, allowing them time to effectively use the comprehensive, on-site services and build skills toward self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles.
The grant from The Endowment will provide just under $492,000 this year to be used during construction, followed by approximately $179,000 each of the following two years to go toward shelter operations.
ADV continues to develop innovative services for this at-risk population, said Jose Marquez, program officer at The Endowment. Casa de Paz will address the dire need for additional shelter capacity and comprehensive services.
We are thrilled and humbled by The Endowments generosity, remarked Kathleen Newton, ADV board president. The magnitude of the support and the faith shown by The Endowments leaders and so many others in our community stand as a wonderful testament to the work ADV has done over the past two decades to help Riverside County families break the cycle of violence.
Total construction cost for Casa de Paz is expected to be $2.1 million. The project was recently approved by the Riverside County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Grading is scheduled to begin in late fall. ADV hopes to occupy the finished structure by the spring of 2003.
To complete and operate Casa de Paz, ADV still needs contributions of funds, building materials, furnishings and landscaping. If you can help or wish to volunteer for the shelter committee, contact Eliza Daniely-Woolfolk at (909) 320-1370.
ADV is headquartered in Riverside, with outreach offices in Corona, Temecula and Hemet.
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