MIDLAND – Shelterhouse of Midland is pleased to announce the purchase of 20 acres of land, located at 2500 Waldo Avenue in Midland. The land, purchased from the Dow Chemical Company, will house a new, expanded facility that will better equip the agency to serve the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence in Midland and Gladwin counties.

“We are excited to let everyone know our future address,” said Shelterhouse Executive Director Janine Ouderkirk. “This land will provide the perfect location and environment to help Shelterhouse meet its mission today and in the future.”

Plans are actively underway for a new 20,000-square-foot facility, which will include 15 family living spaces and 48 beds. The new facility will replace the current 90-year-old, 7,000-square-foot facility and will more than triple the capacity of the number of women and children who can be sheltered. The new facility will include state-of-the-art suites for families; group rooms for family counseling and support groups; child-friendly areas; and resource rooms with computers for job searches and updating resumes, among other amenities.

Fundraising is underway for the new facility as building plans are developed.

“The generosity of the community has been critical in advancing our ability to fund this important project, which will enable us to better meet the growing demands for our services and create a nurturing, family-based shelter situation for anyone facing violence,” said Ouderkirk.

According to Ouderkirk, a top priority is keeping the community updated on the project. To this end, Shelterhouse will hold a neighborhood question-and-answer session in the next few weeks. Please watch the agency’s website, www.shelterhousemidland.org, and Facebook page for information about the event.

The mission of Shelterhouse is to support victims of domestic and sexual violence in Midland and Gladwin counties by providing shelter, counseling and advocacy. All services are provided free of charge.

For more information about Shelterhouse or to donate to the building fund, visit www.shelter housemidland.org.