Shelter Home expansion complete

Facility gets shown off today at open house
Jul. 18, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

The expansion of the Shelter Home of Caldwell County is complete.

The two-year project, which came in under budget and on time, adds eight bedrooms and increases the shelter's capacity from 21 to 40 clients. Also new are a large laundry room, conference room, large kitchen with new appliances, new staff offices, a children's playroom, and a sitting area.

Staff spent Wednesday mopping floors and doing some last-minute cleaning in preparation for an invitation-only open house today.

"This is the culmination of 35 years of community support of our mission of serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault," Executive Director Sharon Poarch said.

A capital campaign for the expansion was launched two years ago. A majority of the $1.3 million cost was raised through the N.C. Housing Finance Agency and a federal home loan bank in the amounts of $500,000 and $340,000. The loan payback will be forgiven as long as the shelter home continues its mission. An additional $50,000 was secured to pay for safety and security equipment. The rest of the money was raised locally and through foundation support.