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Alternatives to Violence makes headway on new shelter with state grant

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Sep 20 2013 08:47:43 PM CDT
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RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Alternatives to Violence, Tehama County's domestic violence help center, has received a $1.25 million grant to help build and improve their facilities.

According to Jeanna Spurr, ATV's director, Tehama County has twice the average number of calls than the state for domestic violence.

The money will go toward building a new service center, shelter, and eventually toward building transitional housing.

"We desperately needed this money," said Spurr on Friday afternoon.

As every board is nailed into place, a new beginning for a victim of domestic violence is that much closer to getting the help he or she needs.

For safety reasons Spurr did not want to release the location of the new shelter but she said big improvements are on the way.

One of those improvements is size.

"The new shelter will be about 3,500 square feet, compared to 1,700 before," said Spurr. The shelter can also house 24 people, with rooms to sleep and relax.

"There's three family rooms," Spurr said.

Spurr also said the grant money will go toward adding those extra touches to make the shelter more secure and more comfortable.

"We'll be replacing the windows so they are safer and more energy efficient, there will be a playground outside so the children will have a place to play. All those things are really critical," Spurr said.

She also added that Alternatives to Violence is looking forward to more community outreach.

The service center is set to open in October and the shelter is planned to open in December.

The City of Red Bluff also received $100,000 from the same grant.

That money will be used for compliance for the Americans with Disabilities Act.