Gainesville Daily Register

April 24, 2013

Abigail's Arms shelter tour open to the public

By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer

Cooke County — Abigail’s Arms, the Cooke County Family Crisis Center, will host an open house from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday April 28.

Although furnishings have not yet arrived, the facility is scheduled to open during the summer of 2013.

“The facility is looking beautiful,” said community liaison/advocate Kelly Fiore-Watson. “Everything will be brand new.”

Fiore-Watson said this is the public’s sole chance to tour the shelter.

“Once the facility is open, the public will not be allowed to view the facility as it will be a secure shelter for up to 44 women and children,” she said. “So this is the time to see what we have all worked so hard for.”

The facility is being built on land donated by Jess and Bernice Cason off of Highway 82 and Aspen.  The building will include secure parking for clients, a playground for children, additional green space, offices for ten staff members, kitchen facilities, a children’s play therapy area, a computer lab, a family room, a forensic interview room, a community meeting room.

The facility will be staffed 24 hours a day, every day.  

The facility will have cutting edge technology and security and will be energy efficient.

The ground breaking ceremony that took place December 9, 2011  was over 10 years in the making.

The open house will bring  Abigail’s Arms one step closer to providing a safe haven for victims of abuse in Cooke County.  Staff members say it will give peace and hope for victims as they in turn become survivors.

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