Golden House launches public phase of fundraising for new facility
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Golden House has launched the public phase of a campaign to raise $9.4 million for a new, expanded facility.
The Domestic Abuse Program and Shelter made the announcement Wednesday about their On the Rise campaign.
Golden House says a new facility will help them better serve more victims of domestic violence. The new facility would be twice the size of the current location at 1120 University Avenue.
“Currently at Golden House, we’re able to house 11 families. With the expansion of the new building, we will have 20 bedrooms,” said Cheeia Lo, Executive Director of Golden House.
The need for domestic violence support continues to increase, according to Golden House.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the domestic violence rates are over double prior to the start of COVID-19, and they continue to exponentially increase,” said Sara Abel, Golden House Board President.
Last year in Brown County, law enforcement agencies responded to 869 reported incidents of domestic violence.
“The community really needs the services of Golden House, the shelter that they provide, the counseling, and the help to get people back on their feet in a safe way,” Abel said.
Nearly $7 million of the $9.4 million goal has been raised through donors and supporters.
The money will be used to help Golden House keep up with the growing cases of domestic violence in our area and the number of residents seeking help, by doubling their capacity.
“This place saved me. I don’t know how else to say that. It helped me with court advocates, it helped me with shelter, and it helped me with counseling and rebuilding my life. I have survived,” said Amanda Boeder, a domestic violence survivor.
Construction is set to begin in September and be completed by the summer of 2023.
Golden House is still looking to raise about $2.5 million to reach its goal, with the community’s help. CLICK HERE to donate.
Golden House is a nonprofit that provides safety and support to victims of domestic abuse. They operate an emergency shelter and free and confidential services.
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