Refuge House Gets Grant

By Julie Montanaro
September 29, 5:30pm

Women fleeing domestic violence can soon look forward to more comfortable quarters.

The Refuge House helps more than 2,500 women and children a year.

A 116,000 grant it just received from the Department of Children and Families will allow it to upgrade emergency shelters in Leon and Taylor Counties.

"To be able to offer not only a place to sleep and a meal, but in dignified, comfortable, peaceful, beautiful surroundings, really it tells the victims who come to us that they're important, that they matter," said Refuge House Executive Director Meg Baldwin.

DCF gave a total $5.5 million in grants to 16 domestic violence shelters statewide. The Refuge House serves eight Big Bend counties, and recent research shows reaching out to rural areas is more important than ever.