Monday was a big day for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and the Minot Area Community Foundation.
The foundation awarded $460,000 to the crisis center to help pay for a new transitional living complex used by victims of domestic violence. The center's four-plex was heavily damaged during the Souris River flood in 2011, and officials have been working since then to supplement the structure with a second transitional living unit. The $460,000 grant is the largest one-time distribution awarded by the Community Foundation, which has reinvested more than $5.8 million in contributions back into the community in the past two years to help with flood recovery efforts.
The DVCC served approximately 2,263 clients in 2012, an increase of more than 1,000 clients in just five years. The center provides safe shelter to victims of domestic abuse, and a chance to work with DVCC staff members to learn life skills necessary to become independent members of society.
It's always a positive sign for the future of Minot when one community organization rallies to help another group. The Community Foundation has been doing just that since 2000, and Monday's event was the culmination of years of hard work and cooperation.