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Contact: Dr. Theresa Beachy Executive Director, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, 352-377-5690
June 15, 2016
Peaceful Paths Celebrates One Year Anniversary of the Dutton-Schilling Emergency Services Campus
Donors, supporters, and dignitaries to commemorate with festivities and a press conference on Friday, June 24th starting at 3 pm.
GAINESVILLE- Peaceful Paths is celebrating one year since the grand opening of the Dutton-Schilling Emergency Services Campus. The innovative housing project is the first of its kind in the state and has created a continuum of housing options for survivors of domestic violence and their children Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. A press conference at 3 pm will provide details of a major gift and feature a survivor discussing the role that Centers like Peaceful Paths can play in creating a safety for victims. Donors and a survivor will be available for comment.
In 2011, Dr. Jay Dutton and Dr. Paul Schilling began the project by donating $1 million to purchase land and hire a planner. 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. 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 and was completed last June. Occupancy of the space began in October of 2015 following a summer lightning strike that delayed the project while security repairs were made.
Major donors to the project, Dr. Jay Dutton and Dr. Paul Schilling offered this statement. “The Campus has far exceeded our expectations, and has demonstrated how vital the work of Peaceful Paths is to our community. The public response and support for the campus has been inspiring! Board President, Dr. Judy Russell, stated, “The board of Peaceful Paths has been very pleased to see the community’s enthusiastic response to the new campus over the past year. Our monthly tours give supporters the opportunity to see our mission in action, which was never an option for us before. We encourage interested individuals and groups to contact us to set up a tour so you too can see the impact this project is having in our community.”
“Housing has been the major concern for us for many years, and since the opening of the Campus, we finally feel that we can make a difference in the need we see,” Stated Dr. Theresa Beachy, Executive Director. “Over the past 9 months, we have average over 1000 nights a shelter per month, nearly double our previous rate. In addition, we are housing five families in the extended shelter units, and slowly filling this as families identify in need.” The Campus has served 288 individuals in the first 6 months of operation.
Donor opportunities for the project, including naming of rooms, sponsorships, and operational support continue to be available by contacting John Thomas at (352) 377-5690 ext. 505 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact John Thomas to schedule a campus tour and for additional information.
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 ext. 501 or visit us on the web at www.peacefulpaths.org .