MERRILL (WAOW)--An area shelter is closer to meeting its fundraising goal after receiving a $50,000 check.
Leaders from HAVEN a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter in Merrill graciously accepted the donation this morning.
State Senator Jim Holperin and other community leaders spoke at the ceremony. Leaders from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority wrote the check to help HAVEN pay for renovations on their new facility. The current HAVEN Shelter offers a safe place for about 15 people. The new center will be able to house about 24.
"They also provide pretty aggressive outreach services to combat issues of domestic violence here in the Lincoln County area, so this grant is going to not only address their physical needs but it's going to give them the opportunity to further meet the emotional and spiritual needs of this community, " says WHEDA's Executive Director, Antonio Riley.
HAVEN is already in the process of turning the former Lincoln County Building into new offices and a shelter.
HAVEN Representatives say the larger facility will allow them to keep more families together.
It will also better protect their confidentiality.
There will be a private entrance and exit for clients as well as an enclosed area to discretely park their cars.
The organization is still $80,000 short of its goal.
If you like to donate or volunteer you can find more information at http://haveninc.org/domestic-sexual-abuse-services.html