Starke County’s Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, or CADA, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Kankakee Valley REMC.
CADA received the money through the Operation Round-up Trust grant program. The money will be used to expand the Phoenix House, a transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. The additional space will add meeting/advocacy rooms for clients, additional office space and storage space for donated items for victims of domestic abuse. A restroom will also be built for convenience of advocacy volunteers.
The process to obtain money for this expansion has been ongoing for four years. The basement at the Phoenix House flooded years ago and the space hasn’t been available for advocacy rooms and storage. With this REMC grant plus a Community Focus Fund grant for $424,620 recently presented by K-IRPC and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, CADA now has enough money to start construction. Ruth Matsey, President of CADA, said the entire project cost is $471,800 and construction won’t start until late summer or fall.