Golden House launches $9.4 million campaign for new building

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GREEN BAY golden house launched the public phase of its On the Rise campaign to raise $9.4 million, in part to build a new 34,000 square foot facility on the site of its current building, 1120 University Ave.

To date, nearly $7 million has been raised by local individuals and organizations to establish the Golden House Donald J. Schneider Family Residence Center and the Mulva Family Foundation Outreach Center.

“Our current facility has reached a tipping point,” said Cheeia Lo, executive director of Golden House. “The newly designed facility will allow us to serve more people, whether it’s providing a safe place to stay or providing much-needed advice.

Domestic violence incidents continue to increase in Brown County, straining the capacity of current services and programs.

In 2021, county law enforcement responded to 869 reported incidents of domestic violence, and Golden House provided emergency shelter, advocacy support services, and a crisis hotline to more than 4,700 victims.

Golden House Director of Development Dina Borremans said the fundraising campaign will ensure the organization meets the needs of victims of domestic violence in Brown County.

A lack of capacity forced the shelter to refuse temporary on-site accommodation for an average of 292 victims each year, including 117 households with 146 children.

“Our current building opened in 1993 with the capacity to house up to 40 victims of domestic violence. We have passed that,” Borremans said. “The On the Rise campaign will double the capacity of Golden House by adding nine additional bedrooms, providing over 6,000 additional nights of accommodation for over 150 victims each year.”

According to Jim Greene, CEO of WG&R Furniture and co-chair of the On the Rise campaign,
the new building will also provide a higher level of security and privacy that best protects victims’ right to privacy and respect.

The new Golden House building will include space for client programming, emergencies and residential living spaces.

The new facility also increases outreach office space, providing the organization with more opportunities for advocacy and mental health services, collaborative wellness and education opportunities, prevention activities for child victims of domestic violence and survivor-focused support programs.

“We knew we had a shortage of space and now is the time to build a bigger facility,” said Sara Abel, who works at Schreiber and is chair of the board of Golden House and co-chair of the On campaign. the Rise. “We initially launched On the Rise quietly and have been blessed with generous donors who understand our increased demand for services. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need to grow because domestic violence is decreasing in our area, but that’s not the case.

Golden House will construct its new facility at its current site with construction to begin this fall, with completion expected in nine to 12 months.

Immel Construction is the general contractor for the project and Berners Schober is the architect.

As the current building is demolished and the new one is built, Golden House has an interim plan to continue providing care with a safe emergency shelter on the west side of Green Bay, while outreach services will remain open to people by appointment or walk-in in office space provided by Bellin Health.

Both sites have security measures in line with current protocols, allowing Golden House to continue its mission to provide security and support to all who seek help.

The nonprofit is not billed for rent at either location.

“It’s amazing that we’ve already reached 70% of our goal, and by launching the public phase of On the Rise, we hope to engage more community members and organizations to reach our goal,” Borremans said.

About the golden house
What began as a 24-hour hotline in 1979 to help victims of domestic violence find a safe place to stay has grown into a comprehensive program that serves, assists and protects victims of domestic violence in the county. of Brown and their families.

Golden House is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence while leading efforts to end domestic violence in our community.

Since 1993, Golden House has operated a facility at 1120 University Avenue on the northeast side of Green Bay, which includes an emergency shelter for women, men and children.

The shelter is part of several free and confidential safety, support, housing and prevention education services provided by Golden House to victims of domestic violence.

Learn more at goldenhousegb.org.

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