REACH of Macon County held a press conference yesterday afternoon to publicize the launch of a Capital Campaign to raise money to build a shelter that will, according to Bonnie Peggs, President of the Board of Directors, " provide a safe place for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault" to be away from their abuser while they learn how to break the cycle of violence.
The current shelter has 6 beds and the new shelter will provide 10 beds at a location closer to town and the REACH main offices will be located on the same property.
The cost of the project is estimated to be in the neighborhood of $1.2 million. The Board is applying for a grant from the Carolina Housing Finance Agency that will take care of around $900,000 and the Board will be raising around $300,000 locally for the project, which is being overseen by Andrea Anderson, Executive Director of REACH, and Cindy Trevathan, R.E.A.C.H. Board member and Secretary.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin this fall and the first residents will be accepted in September 2015. The architect is Ritter Architecture and the General Contractor will be Beale Construction. Both are local companies.
To learn more about the project and to contribute online, please visit the REACH of Macon County website.
Below is additional information that was provided by Board members before the press conference: