The Shelter to gain new federal funding

Monday, December 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:11 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof announced Sunday that $247,925 in federal funds will be given to The Shelter, a local organization devoted to helping victims of domestic violence.

The money will be used to establish a transitional living program consisting of three apartments and a day-care facility.

Lanell Younger-Jackson, a former victim and client of The Shelter, is the director of the new program. She said it is important to give victims of domestic violence time to regroup.

“A lot of it is being proactive — to have a time and a place and a space to move forward in their goals.” she said.

In addition, a portion of the funds will go toward establishing an off-site services program, designed to make help more accessible to those who need it.

Leigh Voltmer, executive director of The Shelter, said the donation was unexpected and badly needed.

“We don’t have enough room here to provide the number and quality of services,” she said. “It couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The funds were made available through the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which President Bush signed last week.

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