Renovations for Ashland's New Day Advocacy Center Nearly Complete

Taylor Holt
Updated: March 15, 2019 10:37 PM

It may look like the work is far from over but renovations to Ashland's New Day Advocacy Center in their new building are more than halfway done.

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"We've been looking for a building a place to expand for probably 3 or 4 years," said Kerry Klein, Accounting Specialist for Northwoods Women Inc., New Day Advocacy Center. "We just decided this was going to be the place because it fit our needs."

The new space on Ellis Avenue is more than double the size of their current location and much needed.

"We're all on one level so we can be completely handicap accessible. It's a much bigger space, and we're are in the central area of town so we're more centrally located," said Klein.

Staff say the current facility is a residential property with three bedrooms. This new space will more than double that with 7 bedrooms.

"They (clients) are sharing one single bathroom. For three bedrooms and a couch, and having 8, 10, 12 people staying with us, that can be difficult," said Christa grande, Senior Advocate at the center.

The bigger space will also expand what they can offer the wide variety of men, women and children they serve. There will room for a meditation area, and meeting space for clients.

However, grande says one of the most important changes is an upgraded security system. They'll go from 3 cameras to 14 at the new center.

"We don't have a lot of security features so moving in here and knowing how much more advanced our security is going to be is really helpful for our clients and staff to feel a lot more safe," said Grande.

She says recently they've had to turn clients away.

"We have had an increase in the number of clients and it's not because it hasn't been happening, it's always been happening but people are more comfortable coming forward now," said Grande.

People will get a chance to hear those personal stories at an upcoming fundraiser this weekend. 

"When we actually encounter stories of the people who experienced domestic abuse and violence, it moves to a different place and that's why I was eager to have some stories," said Kent Seldal, Board Member for the center. "People are just delighted to participate."

The fundraiser will be on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Harborview Event Center. The plan is for the center to be up and running by June.


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