April 7, 2015
Contact: Margaret Abrams, 720-913-9080
WORK BEGINS ON THE ROSE ANDOM CENTER
Years of dreaming, planning and fundraising have become a reality as construction work is now underway on Colorado’s first domestic violence resource center – the Rose Andom Center.
The Rose Andom Center will create a warm, welcoming environment where victims of domestic violence and their children feel safe seeking out and returning for services, counseling and training. The Rose Andom Center’s mission is to improve the lives of domestic violence victims by facilitating better access to services and staff of community organizations and government agencies in a single, safe location. These services and resources will focus on the most pressing needs of domestic violence victims including safety, housing, confidential advocacy and counseling, self-sufficiency, protection orders, access to public benefits and nonacute medical care.
The construction work that began yesterday is asbestos abatement work that is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks, followed by interior demolition. Later this summer, construction and the rebuilding of the interior of the facility will get underway, with an anticipated opening date later this fall. “This has been a dream for many years. Even though we still have some fundraising to do, it is exciting to finally have construction underway,” Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said.
Creation of the Rose Andom Center has been an eight-year journey by a broad team of service providers, criminal justice partners, government leaders and other stakeholders who are committed to creating the most effective intervention strategies to impact an issue that so tragically affects thousands of our citizens each year. “As construction begins on the Rose Andom Center, we move another step closer to providing efficient and comprehensive services under one roof that will help break the cycle of violence in Denver,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said. “I offer a heartfelt thank you to all our partners who have worked for the past eight years to make this center a reality.”
The Denver Justice Council is the fiscal agent for the Rose Andom Center. More information about the Rose Andom Center and how to donate can be found at: http://roseandomcenter.org/
Partners providing services at the Rose Andom Center include: Denver City Attorney’s Office, Denver District Attorney’s Office, Denver Police Department, Denver County Court Probation, Denver Department of Human Services, Department of Community Corrections, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Colorado Legal Services, CWEE- Center for Work, Education & Employment, Denver Center for Crime Victims, Denver Child Advocacy Center, Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver Works, Domestic Violence Initiatives for Women with Disabilities, DOVE (serving deaf victims), Dumb Friends League, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado (The Center), Healing From the Heart, Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic, Latina SafeHouse Initiative, Mental Health Corporation of Denver, Project PAVE, Project Safeguard, SafeHouse Denver Inc., Servicios de la Raza, The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP), Victim Services Network