TROY, Ohio(WDTN) – The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County’s Franklin House is a historic building in downtown Troy. The victorian home isn’t functioning for the nonprofit like it once did.
The shelters helps homeless women and domestic violence survivors. In 2018, more than 400 women and children stayed in the shelter. More than 700 survivors of domestic violence were also also served.
“We realized we were going to need a bigger space and be able to better serve the different populations,” Ruth Jenkins, fundraising chairperson for the shelter’s board, said.
Upon entering the building, there is a steep staircase making it difficult for handicap or elderly folks to go up to the second level. The bed space is also lacking for the shelter.
“In the winter time, several times we were using couches and we have blow up mattresses for people as well,” Barbara Holman, executive director said. Holman said they don’t want to turn people away some day because of lack of space.
Aside from issues on the inside, there is a lack of privacy surrounding the building because of a lack of fencing.
Holman hopes to build on what her mother first started when she opened the facility in 1979.
“We’re looking at safety. We’d love to have a greenspace for the kids in our shelter,” Holman said.
The nonprofit has purchased a building to better suite their needs. The building sits on Crescent Drive in Troy. The total to cost to move there will be $2.3 million.
The nonproft is more than halfway to their goal and now asks the public for donations to help with funding. They’ve been able to secure funding from several partners but need the help of the public to get to the finish line.
The new space will provide chemical dependency and mental health counseling. It’s something not possible at their current location.
It will also allow for separate spaces for homeless women and domestic violence survivors. Holman said that will allow them to recieve more personalized support.
The new facility will also allow for more volunteers, larger shared areas such as the kitchen, and an enclosed courtyard.
Jenkins said no donation is too small to contribute. She said every dollar will help in the efforts to keep families safe and warm.
“It’s a safety net organization. I just feel strongly that it’s a much needed organization,” Jenkins said.
The Family Abuse Shelter plans to start construction this fall with the project completed by spring 2020.
There are several levels of donors:
Helping Hands: Up to $10,000
Advocate: $10,000 to $25,000
Protector: $25,000 to $50,000
Guardian: $50,000 to $100,000
Humanitarian: $100,000 and over
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