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Laura’s House moves forward with shelter expansion

When finished, the emergency shelter will be able to accommodate an additional 175 clients a year.

BY BRANDON RUSSELLPublished: March 10, 2011 09:50 AM

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About a year after launching its Cornerstone Capital Campaign and raising more than $2.6 million, Ladera Ranch-based Laura’s House this week commemorated the groundbreaking of its shelter rebuild project, a partnership with HomeAid Orange County.

“We are proud to partner with HomeAid Orange County in celebrating such an important milestone in our shelter rebuild project,” said Laura’s House CEO and Executive Director Margaret Bayston. “For many years now, this project has been a dream for our organization, and we are grateful to all of the individuals and businesses who are committing both their time and financial resources to make this dream a reality.”

Founded in 1994, Laura’s House remains South County’s only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency, providing hundreds of women and children with emergency shelter, support, education and counseling.

The availability of such services in Orange County was virtually nonexistent 20 years ago. But thanks in part to the efforts of more than 20 development and building partners, Laura’s House is working toward helping women and children avoid the tragic events that first inspired the organization.

Last year, 269 individuals – including 152 children – received help from Laura’s House emergency shelter program. The current rebuild project will expand the shelter’s annual capacity by 93 percent, allowing Laura’s House to reach an additional 175 clients annually.

“Through the Laura’s House shelter rebuild project, HomeAid is excited to be a part of helping to fulfill the growing need for shelter services for families devastated by domestic violence,” said HomeAid Orange County Executive Director Scott Larson. “The strong partnerships that we have established with builders, contractors, developers and service providers will help to ensure that at the outcome of this project, women and children will be welcomed into a space that is both comfortable and conducive to helping them build lives that are free of domestic violence.”

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