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Louisville's only domestic violence shelter undergoing necessary renovations

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The Center for Women and Families main building on Second Street in Louisville. The Center for Women and Families main building on Second Street in Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are some major changes taking place at Metro Louisville's only domestic violence shelter. They're changes many hope will offer better security for women and children in danger -- and even a place for men in danger. 

Right now, the center is undergoing a $6 million renovation. It was not planned and started because of a faulty roofing system and a brutal winter, but, in the end, it will be better for the people who work here and the clients they serve.

"I was continuing to get beat up; I remember getting hit in my face so hard till a blood vessel was broke in my face," said Kimberly Moore, a former client. The cycle of domestic violence started early for her.

"I saw it happening to my mother, I saw it happening to my sisters," Moore said.

Eventually, Moore and her children escaped the violence by coming to the Center for Women and Families.

"We came here and our life has never been the same," said Moore.

Over the years, the center has helped thousands of women and children in danger but is now facing its own crisis.

"We were forced into evacuating almost two-hundred people out of our primary location, our largest locations, totally unexpected," said Marta Miranda, President and CEO of The Center for Women and Families.

That faulty roofing system and harsh winter forced the center take action.

"It was really clear that we needed to leave the building and then make a decision whether to renovate the building or not," Miranda said.

Miranda also said the best decision for the clients they serve was to renovate the building, but it's not cheap.

"We have raised a million dollars, and we have five more million to go. The total price tag for this renovation is six million dollars and we need everyone's help," she added.

When it is done, the center will include some major upgrades that will make it much safer for clients.

"So now it has more safety, it has separate entrances for our clients so they don't have to sit with somebody from UPS or WDRB when they are coming in the door," Miranda explained.

There will also be more space for men who need help.

"It is gonna save lives. It's gonna save lives," said Kimberly Moore.

Moore is in a better place these days, but she believes the extra layer of protection will help others who are still in danger.

"It has always been pretty safe, but now it is like Ft. Knox when they get finished," said Moore.

The renovation project is scheduled to be finished this summer, but the center still needs help raising that $6 million. Miranda hopes people who can't make significant donations will at least consider making smaller monthly donations.

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