APC is seeking to “BUILD HOPE”
In the past year APC has provided counseling services for 173 victims, court advocacy for 535 victims, and shelter for 275 women and children.
Cleveland County is a caring community that believes in taking care of its own. Providing HOPE by building a new shelter for women and children who have lost everything is an investment in our community, our neighbors and our future.
Our current surroundings do not communicate HOPE. We would like to transition from communal, crowded spaces to semi private units. The new shelter will house 8 to 10 individual women and 6 to 10 women with children (depending on family size), in a safe and secure environment. We want to consolidate our shelter and office locations in order for our counseling and educational services to be more accessible to shelter residents.
- To build a new women and children’s shelter in Cleveland County that will provide private, safe accommodations for victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and homelessness.
Our current shelter is located in a high crime, transitional neighborhood and is housed in a building that was built in the 1950’s and not intended for residential occupancy. We are housing up to 7 individual women and 5 women with children in two bedrooms, two bathrooms and one living area in a community living environment.
We currently provide counseling and supportive services in a separate location from our shelter. In many cases our clients are not comfortable leaving the shelter to access these services.
Because of space restrictions we denied shelter to 157 women and children in a recent program year.
Our buildings are old and in increasing need of repair. In the past year we have spent over $15,000 on essential repairs for the shelter and counseling office.
The Right Building at the Right Time
A new facility for women and children is now a priority for Cleveland County. A number of possibilities have been explored, including renovation, but finding a building and location that meets the needs of our agency has been difficult. We have finally reached the conclusion that building a new facility in the right location is what is needed for our agency and our community.
The new facility will include counseling space, a conference room, reception area, private intake space, private and semi-private rooms, spacious common areas and adequate kitchen and bathroom space. The new shelter will be handicapped accessible, energy efficient and meet or exceed all building codes. It will address the limitations, concerns and high maintenance costs of our current facilities and consolidate the agency’s services in one convenient, safe, central location.
You can help!
You can volunteer your time and talents to help us build HOPE by:
- Fundraising/Hosting Fundraisers
- Donating building supplies
- Adopting a room to decorate
- Sharing your construction skills
- Making a Pledge
Your gift will:
- Impact the lives of people affected by domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and homelessness, their families and the community at large.
- Allow us to continue and expand the critical services we are providing to the community.
- Build a space where women and children can heal in privacy.
Dining Room: $10,000
Counseling Office: $5,000
Group Room: $5,000
Conference Room: $5,000
Office Lobby: $2,000
Shelter Lobby: $2,000
Family Bed Room (5): $5,000
Single Bed Room (4): $5,000
Children Play Room: $5,000
Children’s Playground: $5,000
Named gifts may bear the donor’s name or may be named in honor of a spouse, family member or a deceased loved one, or the donor may choose a person important to APC to honor.
A plaque recognizing the generosity of each sponsoring individual, group or institution will be placed in or near the location sponsored (if deemed appropriate). In addition to recognition in public relations and marketing materials, electronic and print media, and where appropriate, press releases, a Wall of Honor for all campaign donors will be erected prominently in the APC lobby.