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Louisville domestic violence shelter celebrates completion of renovations

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About $6 million was needed to cover the cost of the building renovations. With the help of local donors, $4.7 million dollars has been raised so far. About $6 million was needed to cover the cost of the building renovations. With the help of local donors, $4.7 million dollars has been raised so far.
Early last year severe weather caused issues for both employees and the clients, who turn to the center for help. Early last year severe weather caused issues for both employees and the clients, who turn to the center for help.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After 15 months away, employees with the Center for Women and Families have reason to celebrate. They're throwing a Lemons to Lemonade block party after moving back to the Joan E. Thomas Campus on South Second Street.

“The last year and a half has given us a great opportunity to transform this building so that it fits our work as opposed as our work having to fit this building,” said Marta Miranda, CEO of The Center for Women and Families.

Early last year severe weather caused issues for both employees and the clients, who turn to the center for help.

“We first had a leak. Then we realized it was a roof system problem so that after we put in a brand new roof system we had 80 percent mold inside so we had to remodel the whole thing,” said Marta Miranda.    

Marta Miranda, the CEO for the Center, says it forced everyone to evacuate.

The Center serves as a safe place for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, who still had a place to turn during renovations. The center's mission was being carried out at temporary facilities across the area, still serving more than 7,000 people during times of crisis.

Officials say necessary updates have now been made and the new Center will be much safer for clients.

“We no longer have the balconies where batterers can climb up and we have to worry about that,” said Marta Miranda.

In this building, there's also a separate entrance for clients, a brand new security system, a new quad and private space for men, private space for parents and kids, gender neutral bathrooms for transgender clients, special rooms for those who are alone, and more communal space.

About $6 million was needed to cover the cost of the building renovations. With the help of local donors, $4.7 million dollars has been raised so far.

“This community is unbelievable in its willingness to respond to organizations that are providing services like this,” said Congressman John Yarmuth.

While the fundraising continues, so does the Center's mission to help victims of domestic violence become survivors.

“The real celebration will be when this facility is no longer needed,” Congressman Yarmuth said.

Clients will begin moving into the renovated location in early September.

Donors recognized during Fridays press conference include The J&L Foundation ($2 million dollars), Kosair Charities ($1 million dollars), Brown-Forman Corporation ($250,000), The City of Louisville ($395,500), The CE&S Foundation ($250,000), and Jean Frazier ($100,000).

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