Family and Children’s Place is seeking to renovate a building in Old Louisville to use as a new headquarters, and the grant from Kosair puts the charity near the halfway point of its 11 million capital campaign.
President Dan Fox says, once complete, the facility will combine a shelter for abused children with offices that provide legal and medical services.
“The crimes against children unit from Metro Police that deals with sexual abuse, all the criminal activities toward children; a special unit of Child Protective Services that deals with child abuse, child sexual abuse; we’ll have medical services here. We’ll have space for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s staff who want to be here,” he says.
Fox adds that putting the offices in the shelter facility can prevent additional trauma.
“The child’s sexual abuse is the first trauma, then when it’s reported and the secret is finally out there can be another secondary trauma when the child has to go place to place and person to person and tell their story again and again and again,” he says.
Fox hopes to open the new shelter next summer.