Generous donations help make women's shelter a realityDetroit Lakes, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Every year, the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center in Detroit Lakes sees hundreds of abuse victims, women and children. Now, with the help of many generous donations, a shelter providing safety will soon be a reality.
In about a year from now, this open area is going to be the home of a women's shelter, a place for women and children to escape from abusive environments.
The 17,250 square foot shelter, known as Mary's Place, will be built on the north side of town and will house up to 28 people. The Executive Director of the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center says she's wanted to build a shelter like this for many years.
There's a very definite need for this type of facility in Becker County, the director says at least 500 victims of abuse ask for their services every year. She says there were no funds to make the shelter happen until Mary Newman came forward, cutting a check for 1.4 million dollars.
“Because of her and her generosity and her belief in people and her passion for children, it will be a reality.”
“Makes me feel like my life was worthwhile, it really does. And it really makes me so happy and proud.”
The women's shelter will be open for anyone in Becker County and surrounding areas. The director of the shelter says she hopes this shelter will give victims hope for the future.