AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - More beds and more space. Executive director Aimee Hall says that was the goal for Safehomes of Augusta when coming up with the building plans for the new shelter to help people suffering from domestic violence.
"Sometimes we've had to turn away women who come in with multiple children, I'm talking about four children or more, because our facility is so small right now and fire codes, we were not able to house them, " she says.
The new shelter will offer 36 beds instead of the 16 currently in the shelter, and there will be more than just one or two security cameras on the premises.
"There will be a lot more security, a gated community if you will, as a level of protection," Hall says.
The shelter is being built in a more disclosed area to help protect the residents, and the new plans were created by more than just the Safehomes administration.
"We made sure that we listened to not only to the community, but also to the victims who have resided in shelter and we wanted to adapt to all of their needs," says Hall.
Hall says one of the main reasons the shelter is expanding is to remind victims that they have a safe place available to them.
"There's hope. You know, that's one reason we're building this shelter. Yes we're breaking ground, but with that comes building hope and healing hearts," she says.