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New DVCC Safe House Construction

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Minot's Domestic Violence Crisis Center is expanding.

The building infrastructure...as well as the number of abused women they serve.

Already this year, 10-thousand meals have been served at the safe house the center uses to take in women in need.

When you see the size of that house, it becomes even more amazing.

But as Perry Olson tells us today, the old house will soon be abandoned for something much better.

Growth for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center continues to come in Minot...and it needs too -- after all, this...is the current safe house for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

(Dena Filler - DVCC Ex. Director) "Our current shelter is way too small. We are full. We have storage issues because we have so much moisture in the basement so we can't use it for donations like we did before."

In fact, with the basement off limits now...they've had to greatly expand where they store clothes and other necessities needed for the women who seek refuge here.

(Dena Filler - DVCC Ex. Director) "We have to store things out here because we lost our storage in the basement because of the water issue that we have down there...

More women than ever are coming to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center...and they are packed full. This bedroom is home for six people right now...but come 2014, this old, rundown City of Minot-owned house will be upgraded on.

(Dena Filler - DVCC Ex. Director) "We just need to get staff and clients out of that situation."

Here at the new DVCC campus in east Minot, a one million dollar safe house is in the construction phase and should be ready by spring next year. It will greatly increase the number of women and children they can serve...

(Dena Filler - DVCC Ex. Director) "We are going from about 15 to 18 depending on cribs and beds that we can stick in and we will be going to 40 beds."

That's good news...because in three years the number of people served by DVCC has almost doubled. This instant safety net for women and their children can provide a home for thirty days -- time to make plans after an abusive relationship is discovered. The center is now making plans of its own...plans on how to foot the bill. The building was needed...so it was built...but...

(Dena Filler - DVCC Ex. Director) "So we have a construction loan, which is pretty scary for a non-profit so we are really depending on the local community for the support to get it paid off."

She's confident the funds will come...and that this facility will mean more women are safe. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

Filler says they hope to be in the new safe house by the first of March.

If you'd like to help out with the project, you can contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Center at 852-2258.

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