STILLWATER — More women and kids running from violence will find shelter, thanks to a $4.85 million grant for a more secure, larger building.
Stillwater Domestic Violence Services on Wednesday announced the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation grant that will fund a new shelter. The Stillwater agency has provided support, counseling and emergency shelter to at least 250 women each year since 1981. But about 50 women each year are turned away because the shelter is so small. The 16,817-square-foot Donald W. Reynolds Family Crisis Center will be on North Washington, north of Airport Road in Stillwater and will boost shelter capacity by 70 percent, increasing the bed number to 20 from 14. The organization’s goal is to begin construction in March after raising about $250,000 more through the "Wings of Hope” campaign. The family crisis center will have three security zones.