In fall 2012, we completed our initiative to expand and renovate our emergency shelter, Sanctuary Plus, to provide shelter for up to 45 women and children. The 9,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility features 15 bedrooms, a childrenís resource center, a secure playground, and a commercial kitchen with a full-time chef who plans nutritious meals for families. During their approximately 90-day stay at Sanctuary Plus, residents develop and pursue goals towards long-term safety and independence.
As in most domestic violence shelters, children comprise the largest population in MSP's residential programs. Often lacking the ability to constructively express their feelings, children who have experienced trauma and witnessed violence, often exhibit negative or violent behavior at school and at home. Exposure to this type of violence is also the greatest indicator that a child will grow up to find himself or herself in a violent relationship - as either the abuser or abused.
Last year, more than 90% of the families served in Sanctuary Plus moved to more stable, safe homes. They did not become homeless, return to their abusers, or move to another short-term shelter program - draining a very limited resource.
Take a tour of Sanctuary Plus! The architects at R. McGhee & Associates ensured that the facility is compliant with the Americans for Disabilities Act and utilized an environmentally friendly design.
Special thanks to our Capital Campaign Committee and the supporters who made this milestone possible.