Peaceful Paths Unveils Emergency Services Campus


Contact: Dr. Theresa Beachy Executive Director, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, 352-377-5690
June 15, 2015

Peaceful Paths Unveils Emergency Services Campus with Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

Local partners, donors, and the community are invited to celebrate Thursday June 25th at noon.

 GAINESVILLE- Over the past 4 years Peaceful Paths has been working to create an expanded housing campus for victims of domestic violence in the tri-county region, and the project has been completed.  The Board and Staff are excited to announce the Community Dedication ceremony for the Emergency Services Campus will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2014.   This is a Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce event, and will take place at 12 pm, with speakers, ribbon cutting, and a tour of the campus.  President and CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Tiffany Carr, will be in attendance to discuss the impact on state services.

In 2011, Dr. Jay Dutton and Dr. Paul Schilling began the project by donating $1 million to purchase land and hire an architect.  Using the vision of local architect Ricardo Cavallino, Peaceful Paths applied for and received a $3 million grant from the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Department of Children and Families in July 2013.  The agency then selected BBI Construction in October 2013 to execute the vision of local architect Ricardo Cavallino.  Peaceful Paths contracted with BBI Construction to complete the project in October 2013 and broke ground in March 2014.   Construction of the 5 buildings began in earnest in September of 2014 after permits, engineering, and clearing processes were complete.  The nearly 21,000 sf of space will be ready for occupancy beginning in July.

Major donors to the project, Dr. Jay Dutton and Dr. Paul Schilling have been eager to see the impact of their gift on the community.  “The emergency services campus is a public-private partnership that we are proud to have initiated.  It represents an investment in the future of local domestic violence survivors. Housing is often the biggest obstacle in the process of rebuilding lives and moving towards self-sufficiency.”

Leslie Hoffman, current Board of Director’s chair, stated “It has been an extreme privilege and honor to work with Peaceful Paths as Board Chair over the past two years, and in particular to witness the transformation of the Dutton-Schilling Campus from an idea in our Executive Director’s head, to blueprints, all the way through to its construction and completion.  The Campus will provide a much needed safe and welcoming environment for persons in crisis to heal, grow, and begin their journey to independent and successful citizens, and will only further Peaceful Paths’ goals of promoting equal and violence free relationships.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Paul Schilling and Dr. Jay Dutton for their generous contribution and continued assistance with the construction and operation of the Campus, and a huge thank you to our Executive Director, Dr. Theresa Beachy, and her staff — without their dedication, foresight, and hard work, this Campus would not exist.”

Joe Burns, President of BBI Construction Management, Inc., stated, “We are very excited to have been the contractor for the Peaceful Paths Campus Expansion Project.  BBI has been involved with the Peaceful Paths mission to support the work to end domestic abuse and we are very proud to be able to bring the vision of director Dr. Theresa Beachy to a reality.  This project has had an economic and social impact on our community.”

“The impact of the campus will be substantial”, stated Dr. Beachy.  “We anticipate serving 300 adult and child survivors annually in residential services. Being located next to our Outreach Offices will also ensure that these individuals make the connection to ongoing outreach services and follow up to help support them in their transition.  The location of the Campus will also give greater access to local resources and be more secure.”  Dr. Beachy anticipates that services will begin shortly after July 1, 2015.

Donor opportunities for the project, including naming of rooms, sponsorships, and operational support are all available by contacting John Thomas at (352) 377-5690 or by email at  Monthly tours of the campus will begin in October.

For more information on how you can be a part of this project now, or for details on the issue, please contact Dr. Theresa Beachy at 352 (352) 377-5690 or visit us on the web at

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