Project Goals

Rendering of the future home of the Children's Center

Rendering of the future home of the Children’s Center

Goals for our new facility:

Waiting Areas – expanded and separate waiting areas to improve safety, comfort and confidentiality

Office Space – increased office space for additional staff to keep up with the growing needs of victims and our community

Co-location with Multidisciplinary Team – increased office space to allow for co-location with CPS, law enforcement, prosecution and medical professionals

Medical Exam Room – addition of a medical exam room so victims of physical and sexual abuse will no longer have to travel out of county for non-acute specialized medical exams. (Acute exams, which are needed when the last known abuse happened in less than 120 hours, will still be referred to hospitals in neighboring counties that have specially trained medical personnel.)

Conference Rooms – larger conference room and additional smaller conference rooms for the multiple trainings and meetings held at our center as well as for other uses such as our annual Christmas and School Supply Drives.

Therapy Rooms – increased number of rooms designated and designed for specialized trauma focused therapy for victims and their protective family members.

Rainbow Room – larger room to hold new clothing, diapers, shoes and other items needed by children and families and adjustable shelving and hanging racks to better adapt to the fluctuating inventory in our room.

Outdoor Space – our current center has no usable outdoor space; the new facility will have secured space designed for several purposes, including therapy for children and families, play and stress-relieving and team building time for the staff, volunteers and partner agency professionals

Parking – there will be ample parking for all who come to the center, including those who are disabled. There will be separate, secured parking area for the staff and professionals who regularly work at the center.

Natural Lighting – greatly increased amount of natural lighting

Storage – much more storage space planned

Safety, Security and Confidentiality – improved building design and technology to greatly improve safety, security and confidentiality

Future growth – the building will be designed with future growth in mind, so that additional offices or meeting rooms can simply be added on to the existing building when needed. In addition, new space will be designed and equipped so that spaces can more easily be re-purposed in the future as needs change.

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