REDDING, Calif. - Sierra Pacific Industries is donating a total of $1 million over the next five years to One SAFE Place in Redding.
The donation will be used for the development of a new shelter named the Sierra House. The new facility will more than double One SAFE Place's ability to help victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
The gift, however, is only one-fifth of the total funding needed to build a new shelter.
Sierra Pacific Foundation President Carolyn Emmerson Dietz said it's a challenge for the community.
"We are pleased to partner with this tremendous organization. Our gift is a challenge to the community to join us in supporting One SAFE Place's ambitious undertaking to build a shelter that meets the needs of our community," Dietz said. "Sadly, the need for help in Shasta County has outgrown the organization's current home, and more space is needed to allow victims of abuse to find a place of refuge."
The new shelter will provide each family seeking assistance with a private bedroom and bathroom, whereas the old shelter required families to share space with eight to ten other women and children.
It‘s not just women. The shelter will accept all men, women and children in need.
"We have a unique opportunity to create a model for victim care and prevention of domestic violence that can be implemented with success in Shasta County, the state of California and even on a national level," said One SAFE Place Executive Director Jean King.
The mission of One SAFE Place is to provide intervention and safety to a community affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. The non-profit organization partners with more than 50 local organizations to provide emergency shelter, legal assistance, prevention education, counseling and other needed support for victims and their families in Shasta County.
"This amazing gift will serve as the catalyst for our fundraising," King said. "And we are excited to partner with Sierra Pacific and challenge the community to join the campaign and get involved."