Domestic Violence Crisis Center has more work to do

There are many examples big and small where Minot has come back from the 2011 flood even better or stronger than before. Count among them the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

By the end of the month, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center office will be headquartered at a new location next door to Minot Head Start, formerly Jefferson Elementary.

“We don’t have a ton of room at our old office, but with the new office, we’ll have more room and be able to make it more welcoming,” Ashley Counts, children’s coordinator for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, was quoted as saying in an article in today’s paper. Check it out on B-1.

The center will also have a more sophisticated security system with more surveillance cameras another significant improvement worth noting considering how bizarre and bold people are behaving these days.

But there is still a lot of work to be done. The Domestic Violence Crisis Center lost both of its transitional living apartment buildings, a total of eight apartments, in the flood. The transitional housing program is for domestic violence and sexual assault victims to stay for 18 to 24 months, and the only service the center charges for. Rents are based on the victim’s income and family size. While in transitional housing, victims are provided case management to assist them in recovery and reaching their goals.

Eventually the Domestic Violence Crisis Center will have the new office facility, two four-plex buildings for transitional housing, and an emergency safe house for victims fleeing from domestic violence and sexual assault with the emergency shelter attached to the office facility all hopefully by 2016 or 2017.

That day cannot come soon enough for this city, which seems to be growing as fast as the one that earned it the nickname “The Magic City.”