Beaman Home, DJ Mark Beginning of Project
WARSAW – November 17, 2014—After many months of planning, The Beaman Home and DJ Construction soon will begin a renovation of The Beaman Home’s existing administrative offices and outreach center located at 603 North Parker Street.
A ceremony marking the first part of the multi-phased project will be held on December 3.
Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse, Inc., better known as The Beaman Home, is a shelter for victims of domestic violence serving Kosciusko, Marshall and Fulton Counties.
According to Pat Gross, DJ’s preconstruction manager, this first phase consists of a complete interior renovation and exterior façade upgrade. An interior kids’ area will also be built. Total square footage involved for this first phase is 4,040.
“DJ Construction will do all we can to help equip The Beaman Home to fulfill its mission. We are glad to use our skills and expertise to help an agency like The Beaman Home to help change lives,” said Gross.
The estimated completion date is March 2015.
According to Sue Creighton, board president and marketing committee chair, the second phase will begin in the spring after funding is finalized. That project involves the construction of a new two-story emergency shelter replacing a crowded 1800 square foot facility donated to the organization years ago.
For now, said Creighton, “phase one will enable domestic violence victims and their families to attend ongoing counseling and training programs whether or not they are staying in the shelter. It also will allow a new program to begin to help children cope with the abuse they’ve experienced. The goal of this children’s program is to reduce or eliminate the generational cycle of domestic violence that is prevalent in abused families.”
Beaman Home Executive Director Tracie Hodson said the renovation is “so much more than just a building or another construction project. It’s about providing appropriate space and improved programming to better support domestic violence victims and their children as they heal from the damaging effects of abuse.
“It’s about saving lives.”
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