After years of fundraising and months of construction, the new Citizens Against Domestic Violence shelter has come to life. Staff members and volunteers have begun unpacking and moving into the new building. Director, Angie Fiene, hopes to have everything in place and ready to go by Feb. 4.
Fiene is ready to be moved in but admits that she is still in shock that the time has finally come.
"I don't know that it has set in yet. The more time I spend in there I keep thinking that I'm going to have this moment,” she said. “I think I'm ready to be in it. It's been a five year process and we're excited to be in the new place and help more people.”
Help more people is exactly what CADV will be able to do.
"We will be able to house more. We will be able to house up to 28 women and children. We will have a conference room. We will be able to have our support groups here,” Fiene said. “We will be able offer more support groups on different days. We will be able to have team meetings like with Division of Family Services, all the things we couldn't do before.”
Fiene, along with CADV board members and staff, has been touched by the outreach of the community during this process.
"Its kind of overwhelming. The community has been so good to us, standing by us on this project and really stepped up and made this dream come true for us," Fiene said. "Thomas Construction has been really generous, donating quite a bit and pulling stuff together for us."
Most of the furniture inside the new building was donated and each room was adopted by community members.
CADV is hosting its annual Chili for Charity Cook-off at Tan-Tar-A Resort on Feb. 2.